Downtown Montgomery

Downtown Montgomery

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Origin of the Texas Flag

Mr. David Martin made me aware this week that the photograph on the blog below was the Peter Krag draft of the Texas Flag rather than the original drawing by Dr. Charles Stewart of Montgomery.  He has a wonderful article on his blog found here.  Thanks to him, I am able to attach a photograph of the Stewart drawing.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

City Council Meeting July 23, 2013

Next City Council Meeting will be on July 23, 2013.  There will be a 6:00 pm Budget workshop and a 7:00 PM meeting.  See new website for more information

Texian Heritage Festival Approved by City Council

Last night City Council approved the Texian Heritage Festival to be held on October 19, 2013 at Fernland Historical Park in Montgomery, Texas.  The Festival will benefit the following charities: Montgomery County Emergency Assistance, Montgomery Historical Society, and Fernland Historical Park.  The Festival will include re-enactments, a BBQ cookoff, historical demontrations, and music and entertainment celebrating our early Texas Heritage.  This will be held in a beautiful venue around a village of 19th century Texas buildings collected and displayed in Montgomery, Texas. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Montgomery Festivals

Keep up with the latest fun events in Montgomery on  The Historic Montgomery Business Association promotes many of the public festivals and tourist events in the City. The next festival is the Antique Festival the first weekend in May.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June 12 Meeting Canceled

The regular meeting of Montgomery City Council on June 12 will be canceled because there are few agenda items.  The next meeting will be June 26, 2012.

Monday, May 21, 2012

May 22, City Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Montgomery City Council will meet and consider some important issues including: An alcohol beverage permit for Cozy Grape Wine Bar and Bistro, Annexation of Montgomery United Methodist Church, Water Well No. 3 Repairs, a Budget Amendment for FY 2012, and a Refunding Bond Issue.  Also new councilman Thomas Knight will be sworn along with incumbents John Fox, John Champagne, and Joe Shockley.

Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting this week was cancelled.

Happy Birthday Montgomery - 175th

W.W. Sheppard was a farmer and proprietor of a trading post on Little Lake Creek (now called Town Creek) in what was then Washington County in the newly formed Republic of Texas.  On July 8, 1837, Sheppard placed an advertisement in the Telegraph and Texas Register for lots in the town of Montgomery.
Situated in the county of Washington, sixty miles northwest of the city of Houston, thirty miles east of the town of Washington, and six miles west of the San Jacinto River, in the center of a high, beautiful and undulating district of the country, distinguished for health, good water and soil.
It is expected that a new county will be organized, at the next session of congress, embracing this section of the country, in which event, the town of Montgomery from its central position must be selected for its seat of justice.
By 1850 the trading post had become a thriving town with a doctor, lawyers, general stores, hotels, saloons, schools, churches and was the center of commerce for almost 2,000 people in the surrounding area who were engaged in agricultural businesses such as ranching, farming, and timber.  Many of Montgomery’s founders were already well acquainted with General Sam Houston when he spoke to the town in front of the old Baptist Church opposing Texas’ secession from the Union at the outset of the Civil War.
Nearly a quarter of the residents of the growing county were not here by choice.  These African slaves were also instrumental in the founding, building, and economic health of the pioneer community.  After emancipation, they joined those who answered Sheppard’s invitation to embrace a dream of a better life in this beautiful area. 
The families of Montgomery’s founders are still with us today both in Montgomery and in the surrounding area.  Many of the founding families of other area communities such as Conroe and Willis have come from Montgomery.  As Texas became more urbanized, many of Montgomery’s children have moved to the cities pursuing the same dream.  Montgomery has also sent her sons and daughters to defend their country in every war since the Civil War.
In recent years, newcomers have come to Montgomery seeking the opportunity to build new trading posts, subdivide more lots, start new medical and law practices, open new restaurants and watering holes, plant new churches, and write new chapters in the story of this small Texas town. 
On July 7, 2012 the town of Montgomery will celebrate its 175th birthday.  On this day, we will celebrate our pioneer heritage, our founders, and those who continue to build on their foundation in our community.  There will be a number of activities going on throughout the town culminating in an old fashioned street dance at the town square. 
We invite all those who have been touched by the spirit of old Montgomery to join us in celebrating our birthday.  Details can be found on our website