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


Adamsville Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, June 14, 2015
1. Adamsville Texas Historical Marker
Inscription. The first permanent settlers came to this area shortly before Lampasas County organized in 1856. Oliver Hazzard Perry Townsen bought 640 acres from Samuel Horrell, Sr. and his wife Elizabeth in 1868. Townsen grew wheat and established a flour mill, and in 1876 became postmaster of Townsen Mills southeast of this site near the Lampasas River. An 1884 business directory noted that the community included steam flour and saw mills, three churches and a school, a doctor, wagonmaker, and general store.

After Townsen died in 1891 in a mill accident, a new post office opened at the Smith and Adams General Store. John T. Adams, first postmaster of Adamsville, and the Rev. McCall Smith were business partners at the store. In the late 1880s, Rev. Smith and 19 charter members met in L. Jasper and Mary Ann Townsen's home to organize Pleasant Valley Cumberland Presbyterian Church, now Adamsville Presbyterian Church. Samuel and Fannie Straley platted Adamsville in 1908. A newspaper article the following year mentioned Adamsville's ice house, Ladies' Missionary Society, Literary Society, and Woodmen of the World Camp.

Straley's School (c. 1885) was also the church for Baptist and Presbyterian congregations. County commissioners created Adamsville School District No. 15 in 1908 and trustees built a new schoolhouse; a larger 1922
Adamsville Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, June 14, 2015
2. Adamsville Marker
schoolhouse was destroyed by fire in 1942. Adamsville consolidated with Lampasas Schools in 1964. The Adamsville community building was originally a G.I. vocational school for veterans of World War II. J.W. Mitchell organized the Adamsville volunteer fire department about 1967. Adamsville has evolved from a frontier settlement to an active rural community with ongoing events such as church activities, twice-monthly fiddling jam sessions, and community barbecues to welcome hunters during deer season.
175 Years of Texas Independence * 1836-2011
Marker is Property of the State of Texas

Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16731.)
Location. 31° 18.101′ N, 98° 10.15′ W. Marker is in Adamsville, Texas, in Lampasas County. Marker is at the intersection of American Legion Memorial Highway (U.S. 281) and County Route 204, on the left when traveling north on American Legion Memorial Highway. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16687 US Hwy 281, Lampasas TX 76550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. United Presbyterian Church of Adamsville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Entrance to Site of Townsen's Mill (approx. 1.3 miles away); 2.5 Mi. East is Birthplace of Stanley Walker (approx. 5.3 miles away); Benjamin F. Gholson (approx. 11.2 miles away); Evant (approx. 12.1 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Evant (approx. 12.2 miles away); Indian Culture Sites (approx. 12.6 miles away but has been reported missing).
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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