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Buda in Hays County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

McElroy-Severn House

(Onion Creek Post Office and Stagecoach House)

McElroy-Severn House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, January 6, 2015
1. McElroy-Severn House Marker
Inscription.  The complex that includes the McElroy-Severn House/Stagecoach House and Onion Creek Post Office occupies a 51-acre tract of land on a high bluff above a branch leading into Onion Creek, about a quarter mile east of Buda. The post office and stagecoach served the area's residents and people traveling on the Old San Antonio Road beginning in 1875. Once mail service moved to the new railroad town of DuPre (Buda) in 1880, the former station house was converted to a private residence and served as headquarters for a family ranching operations for more than a century.

The McElroy-Severn House (Stagecoach House) is an outstanding example of a late-19th century modified center-passage dwelling. It is a five-bay, side-gabled frame dwelling with a hipped roof porch that stretches across the entire south facade. Features also include limestone chimneys plastered with concrete and interior walls framed with cedar. Several major remodeling campaigns in 1885, 1900 and 1920 have substantially enlarged the house. The adjacent 1876 one-room post office is noteworthy for its fine craftsmanship, solid limestone construction and carved stone lintels.
McElroy-Severn House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, January 6, 2015
2. McElroy-Severn House Marker
View of house with marker in front.
A single door face the rear east wing of the stagecoach house and a small, single-pane window is cut out of its east wall. Other historic resources on site include a brick and limestone well, a concrete trough and concrete walkways and gardens. Together, these buildings recall Buda's beginnings as a collection of isolated homesteads scattered along Onion Creek and reflect a century of Buda's agricultural heritage.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-2012
Marker is the property of the State of Texas

Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17245.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately series list.
Location. 30° 5.215′ N, 97° 50.139′ W. Marker is in Buda, Texas, in Hays County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Hawk Lane and Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in Stagecoach Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 880 Main Street, Buda TX 78610, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buda (approx. half a mile away); Buda United Methodist Church
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(approx. half a mile away); Buda School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Buda Christian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Baptist Church of Buda (approx. 0.7 miles away); Antioch Colony (approx. 0.9 miles away); Live Oak Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away); Manchaca United Methodist Church (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buda.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 8, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 395 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 8, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Sep. 28, 2020