Preservation Texas Enjoys Shelby County Hospitality in Historic Courthouse

August 9, 2018 - A group with Preservation Texas took a tour around East Texas which included a stop at the Shelby County Historic Courthouse.

Preservation Texas hosts Preservation Summits several times a year which includes guided tours around the state. The summit this quarter was being held in Nacogdoches, Texas. Evan Thompson, the executive director of Preservation Texas, was the tour guide for the group.

The tour started in Chireno at the Half-way Inn and then traveled to the Lewis Railroad Hotel outside of San Augustine. While in San Augustine they visited several other building including its courthouse before traveling to the Shelby County Historic Courthouse. Here they enjoyed a delicious lunch before traveling to Arcadia for a tour of a 'Dogtrot' style house owned by Greg Grant.

The Shelby County Courthouse docent said the group presented her with a thank you card saying, "Thank you so much for the Shelby County hospitality and for sharing your exquisite courthouse with our summer tour group!"

Preservation Texas is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and they are a state wide historic preservation advocacy organization. The organization has a board meeting each quarter in a different part of the state which includes a tour and an educational workshop day to educate people in the local community about how to be good stewards of buildings and advocates for historic preservation.

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