Local History Resources

Organizations | Museums | Collections | GeneralBooks

While the Historic Preservation Commission is primarily occupied with matters relating to the preservation of sites and buildings in Round Rock, there are many organizations and resources with information relating to the general history of Round Rock and Williamson County.  Please contact us at 512-218-5428 if you would like to suggest a link.

Preservation organizations

Government
Private

Historical Museums

  • Palm House Museum 212 E. Main Street, 512-255-5805  (also houses the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce)
  • Old Settlers Association 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., 512-388-1733
    The OSA was named a 1990 Local Legend. Association grounds include log cabins, historic barn, Fire House Museum, and the Palm Mansion 
  • The Williamson Museum 716 S. Austin Avenue, Georgetown, 512-943-1670
    The Williamson Museum offers free and exciting hands-on educational programs through innovative exhibits, tours, and events, in addition to their on-site collections. Refer to their website for an event and exhibit schedule. 
  • Pioneer Farms Living History Park, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., Austin, 512-837-1215
    Pioneer Farms offers tours and activities of its properties recreating five periods of Texas history, complete with hand crafts and live farm animals. Refer to the website for their schedule of tours, classes, programs, and activities.
  • Dan Moody Museum 114 W. 9th Street, Taylor 512-352-3463
    Birthplace of the Williamson County District Attorney who fought the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s
  • The Story of Texas: The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, 512-936-8746
  • Texas Memorial Museum Texas History Collections/Artifacts, The University of Texas at Austin 512-495-4532

Historic properties & events

Collections and archives

General local historic information

Books about local history

All are available at the Round Rock Library, and many are available for purchase at local book vendors.

Dan Moody: Crusader for Justice.  Ken Anderson, 2008. Biography of the Williamson County District Attorney who fought the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s

You Can’t Do That, Dan Moody!: The Klan Fighting Governor of Texas.  Ken Anderson, 1998. Young adult book about the Williamson County District Attorney who fought the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s

The Immortal Ten: the Definitive Account of the 1927 Tragedy and Its Legacy at Baylor University.  Ted Copeland.  Baylor University Press, 2007.  ISBN-13: 978-1932792904  Account of the bus-train accident on Round Rock’s Mays Street that took the lives of 10 members of the Baylor basketball team

Images of America: Round Rock.  Bob Brinkman, 2008.  ISBN-13-978-0738556413  Historic photos of Round Rock. Available locally and online.

Postcards of America: Round Rock.  Bob Brinkman, 2008. ISBN-13 978-0738525480  Available locally and online.

Anna’s Journey: a tale of early Swedish immigration to Texas. Elroy Haverlah, 2014. ISBN-9781494253783  Fictional story by Elroy Haverlah, former pastor of Palm Valley Lutheran Church of Round Rock. Available locally and online.

Historic Williamson County: An Illustrated History.  John J. Leffler, 2000.  ISBN-13: 978-1893619098

Historical Round Rock, Texas: Sesquicentennial 1854-2004.  Martin Parker, 2004

Land of Good Water, Takachue Pouetsu: A Williamson County, Texas History.  Clara Stearns Scarborough, 1973, 1998  ISBN-13: 978-1571689153  Available from the Williamson County Sun and the Hill Country Book Store, Georgetown.

Road, River and Ol’ Boy Politics: A Texas County’s Path from Farm to Supersuburb. Linda Scarbrough, 2005. ISBN 0-87611-202-5.  National Council on Public History’s 2006 Best Book Award

Historical Round Rock, Texas.  Karen R. Thompson and Jane H. DiGesualdo, 1985. ASIN: B0006YQURM  This book was named a 2006 Local Legend. Available at the Hill Country Book Store, Georgetown.

Historical Williamson County, Texas: A Pictorial History, 1848-2000.  Karen R. Thompson, 2000  ASIN: B0006RFKDY

Round Rock, Texas: From Cowboys to Computers.  Karen R. Thompson, 2002  ISBN-13: 978-1571687418