“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Bertram in Burnet County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Shady Grove Community

Shady Grove Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, December 30, 2007
1. Shady Grove Community Marker
Inscription. In the 1850s and 60s families settled on this farm and ranch land along the Middle Gabriel river. The Old Austin-Lampasas and Burnet-Belton roads intersected here. Six acres deeded by Alexander M. Barton in 1877 later became the site of a schoolhouse, church and cemetery. At first the community was called "Russell Gabriel". The Cumberland Presbyterian Church organized and met in the school building in 1878. Soon the name changed to "Grove" because the schoolhouse was located in a grove of live oak trees.

The settlement boasted a cotton gin and corn mill, a general store and blacksmith shop, a doctor and a Masonic Lodge. In 1882 the Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist congregations built a Union Arbor for camp meetings and revivals. For a few months in 1902 there was a post office. Since there was another Shady Grove in Texas, the name "Tamega" was used. A general store by that name operated here for 50 years.

The Presbyterian fellowship erected this church structure first and then in 1905 built this tabernacle. The school consolidated with Bertram in 1942. When the Presbyterian congregation merged with Bertram in 1966, this property became a community center and homecoming site.
Erected 1979 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9747.)
Shady Grove Community image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, December 30, 2007
2. Shady Grove Community
30° 49.028′ N, 98° 5.009′ W. Marker is near Bertram, Texas, in Burnet County. Marker is on CR-200 0.1 miles west of FM-1174, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bertram TX 78605, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Town of Strickling (approx. 2.1 miles away); Black's Fort (approx. 2.3 miles away); Joppa Community (approx. 3.1 miles away); Bertram (approx. 5 miles away); Bertram School (approx. 5.2 miles away); Bethel Cemetery (approx. 5.5 miles away); Mount Zion Cemetery (approx. 6.4 miles away); Mount Blanc School (approx. 7.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bertram.
Also see . . .  Handbook of Texas Online. Shady Grove, TX (Submitted on February 18, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.) 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Live Oak Grove image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
3. Live Oak Grove
Panorama of church and the grove of live oaks after which the town was named
Church's Outdoor Meeting Area image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, July 24, 2015
4. Church's Outdoor Meeting Area
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 674 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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