Heritage, Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 1988 Page: 30
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rines. Next door is Huckleberry's, where
you'll find country folk art and antiques.
On the comer is the Preston Kyle Shatto
Museum containing wildlife from the
United States, Canada and Africa. Costumed
Daughters of the Republic of Texas
will greet you at the 1836 Alley Log Cabin.
And representatives of Magnolia Home
Tours will show you through the Senftenberg-Brandon
House Museum, built in the
1880s in a Greek Revival style with Victorian
A shopper's paradise is the plain front
building stuffed with 27 arts and crafts
shops featuring local area talent. It is appropriately
called Thursdays Treasures.
You'll find everything from jams and jellies,
quilts and antiques, and exquisitely
handcrafted porcelain dolls by artist
Pamela K. Peebles. (Her prize winning
dolls often depict historical characters,
some from the Texas Revolutionary period.)
Pass through the door of this unassuming,
not-even-historic store front into
a maze of mini-shops elbow to elbow under
one roof. The merchandise ranges from
antique porcelains, quilts, buttons and
jewelry to decorate sweat shirts, high-fashion
belts and brand new 14-karat bracelets.
There are Texas jams and jellies, wreaths of
dried flowers and potpourri, clever crafts
and fine art. Shoppers swarm over the
artfully arranged displays as soon as the
doors open at 10 a.m. Around noon, box
lunches become the most popular purchase,
and shoppers retreat to the picnic
tables on the sidewalk in front of Thursdays
Treasures. Others walk several blocks past
Victorian shops and down tree-lined sidewalks,
to the Magnolia Room at 632 Walnut,
a gracious restaurant in the second
story of a large old house. A steady crowd
dines on homemade soup, salads and sandwiches.
Downstairs, Kathleen's offers fresh
floral arrangements, wine and cheese-an
unusual but delightful combination.
With the new First and Third Thursdays
activities, and the popular Homes
Tour weekend festival that attracts visitors
from across the state each May, it's no
surprise that bed and breakfast facilities
have opened to supplement the local hotel
At Raumonda, 1100 Bowie, visitors are
greeted with a hospitality reminiscent of
the Old South. Built in 1887, the house was
purchased by the Rau family in 1965 and
restoration was completed in 1969. The
home was opened for bed and breakfast this
past year. The huge old stairway near the
front entrance of the elegant home leads to
three upstairs guest rooms. Decorated in
antiques and collectibles, all have stories to
tell. Sharing a continental breakfast on the
glassed gallery is a completely comfortable
experience at Raumonda. And the garden
view and pool is relaxing and inviting. The
home has nine rooms, three fireplaces and
four baths, in addition to the butler's pantry
and glassed gallery.
Visitors will truly believe they have
stepped back in time when they spend the
night in the 1870 Gant House at 936
Bowie. The house retains the original wall
painting and stenciling. One bedroom was
copied from the Texas Room in the Daughters
of the American Revolution Museum
in Washington, D.C. Completely furnished
in antiques, the unusual and charming
restored German cottage has two bedrooms
with double beds, a hall/sitting room
with daybed, dining room, modem kitchen
and bath, central air and heat, and color
TV. The Montgomery House, a typical
Empire House built shortly after the Civil
War, around 1867, is one of the older
houses remaining in Columbus.
Along with Raumonda, the 1870 Gant
House of German architecture and the
1876 Montgomery House of post-Civil
War Empire styling, are available for overnight
stays. Guests at any of the three
houses may use the pool at Raumonda and
facilities of the Falls Golf and Country
Club, a classy new resort between New
Ulm and Frelsburg, 14 miles north of Columbus.
The 18-hole, tournament-caliber
course has been constructed around lakes
and cascading waterfalls.
This town where "everybody knows
your name" wants to keep it that way, yet
still show it off to the rest of the world, particularly
on "First and Third Thursdays."
The mini-tour includes the Stafford
Opera House, historic document collection,
Confederate Memorial Museum,
Colorado County Courthouse stainedglass
dome, early Texas maps and currency
collection, Live Oak Art Center, Preston
Kyle Shatto Wildlife Museum, Senftenberg-Brandon
House Museum, Alley Log
Cabin Museum, antique shops and Thursdays
IF YOU GO: For more information on
Historic Walking Tours, contact the Columbus
Chamber of Commerce, (409)
732-5881. For bed and breakfast information
or reservations, write P. 0. Box 112,
Columbus, Texas 78934; or call (409) 7323864.
Raumonda, built in 1887 by Henry Ilse. The structure was patterned from a symmetrical Victorian style.
It is constructed of cypress with pine floors, jigsaw patterns, and contains three fireplaces with the original
marble mantels. The interior pine woodwork retains its original grained painting, popular in the Victorian
period. The roof is made of stamped metal rectangles. A brass dust catcher, carpet rods on the stairway, and
bronze hardware are a tribute to the fine taste of the builder. The home was purchased by the Raymond Rau
family in 1964, restored, and is now occupied by Raymond Rau and his mother, Hope Heller Rau.
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