Hallettsville, Texas is a
predominantly German and Czech community which was
founded in 1838.
Its unusual name
stems from Mrs. John Hallet who generously
donated her valuable land to the people for future use of
once called Hallettsville the "13
City": Because (amazingly and quite coincidentally
enough)-- in 1913 it had 13 letters in the name, a population of 1300
, 13 churches, 13
newspapers, and even 13 saloons !!!
This little city has been the
Lavaca County seat since 1852.
It is located on the Lavaca River;
and is at an exact equal distance from Houston and San Antonio. City's community park includes a golf
course, a playground, and a campground with RV hookups. The Texas State
Championship High School Rodeo was established here in
1947. During the appropriate
seasons hunters may find abundant :
dove, turkey and wild hogs
Lavaca County Courthouse-
Construction began in 1897 and was
completed in 1899. The architect, Eugene T. Heiner,
designed it after the Allegheny County Courthouse in
Pittsburgh, PA. Visitors see original tile floor, artwork
on vault doors, and the magnificent grand staircase.
Building was entered on the National Register of Historic Places in
Lavaca Historical Museum-
Historical artifacts, photos,
household furnishings focusing on county and area
history; Old -Timers Baseball Hall of Fame. includes
restored carriage house and outhouse. Open Sat. - Sun., 2
- 5 p.m. 413 N. Main.
Built in 1878 though 1882 at a cost
of $4,750.00 for Confederate veteran Dr. James Lay. This
magnificent house has native stone walls 18 to 24 inches
thick! Unusual patterned
mansard roof and rope molding. Drive-by viewing only. On
U.S. 90A in city.
Texas Championship Domino Hall
Pictures, plaques, and stories of
outstanding players; life history of dominoes. Tournament
in January. Open Mon. - Fri., 9 - 11 a.m. Knights of
Columbus Hall, U.S. 77 South.
Texas Fiddlers Hall of Fame-
Memorabilia honoring Texas
fiddlers; annual induction held in conjunction with Texas
State Fiddlers Frolics, fourth weekend in April. Open
Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Knights of Columbus Hall,
U.S. 77 South.