Clipped From The Brookshire Times
Old Josey Museum Tin's last old store building erected in San Felipe de Austin after Satn Houston destroyed the town to prevent ils falling into the hands of the Mexicans, has been removed removed to its original location on the Plaza de Conmiercio (across from the statue of Austin) and was opened to the jmblic Saturday, Atijrust 'Jlith. as the J. .1. Josey General Store Museum. It will be open September ii-" and every weekend thereafter from !l-"i. The Stephen F.Austin Park Association has developed the 117-year-old store building into a museum containing historical exhibits. Original Store at San Felipe is Restored and Returned to Location for Museum The last old store building, i Texas Revolution, has been erected in San Felipe de Atts-i moved back to its original lo•tin lo•tin after the town was des-'cation on the Pla/.a de Com- troycd by Sam Houston to memo. The old building, men of the mortise and wooden wooden peg construction has been placed mi display. Considering the ago of the building it was still in a good state of preservation. preservation. Dr. J. J. Josey purchased thc building in 18<>7 where he] operated a general store and In l!Vj:', S. 0. Kidman, Sr., the post office until 1880 when then ninety-one years of age.; he moved the building about a wrote a journal in which he j mile and a half south and east told of coming from Bremen, j to the Texas Western Narrow Germany to Galveston. Texas | r ,uage Railroad which had after a voyage of eleven i ))cen constructed from Hous- It ii"nv stands in the historical ..MM ni' tin 1 Sti'. lien F. Austin Sia.e Park in wliich is the i-taitw of AtKti.i. a replica of 'ii- log fjibiii. ami a i.ioininienl cvc'-tod to his memory by the . I'imol riiildrcii of Austin C'umitv. weeks. On their way overland to claim a land grant at New- ton to Scaly. \V. J. Frederick, a former clerk in the store, Braunfels, Texas, his family purchased the building in 1803 was forced to stop at San Fc-|f 0 i| owinR the death of Dr. line because of illness. This . Tosey> Upon tne dcath of Mr . Frederick in 1912 it was never was in the summer of 181(5. | Looking about the old town reopened as a store again. For which had been destroyed by| niany vears it nan | i, ecn llse(1 burning in 1836, they found an | as a storage barn empty log cabin into which j ' DurinK thc thrce Hay Lal)?r move. jj av wee k crK | t| le museum will cabin they were allowed to Following the death of his father, it became necessary open each day from 9:00 , , . . . . , . ., • i a.m. to 5:00 p.m. From Sep- for him to help his mother L , t , ,. R , M u kMititwii-t Mm fotViilt' llnrt r\f Hie- ... . " • _ support the family. One of his !f,rs jobs was hauling Cypress wjn , on weekends , no , i( , avs .' Schoo , or clul) ' lumber from the steamboat |)f - chi , dl . eni accom . I dock on the Brazos River | pnnicd , JV an ndult . nlav write about three hundred yards t , st ;, F Austin St t north of the J J. Josey Store Park Association at San Fe- Museum for the use in the construction of the store building on this site. 11 iv i »_ iv. IMV yn i >/iiii\iiiiu,ti •> • • , . p . i •prevent its falling into the which has been restore.! was 1 About eighty percent of the 'hands "f Santa Anna and the open to the public as the J. J. building was constructed of •Mexican Army during the'Josey General Store Museum, heart cypress lumber. A speci- lipe. Texas, General Delivery, in advance for group tours during the week. During the summer months the museum will be open daily. There will be a small admission fee.