About Bastop

Bastrop Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 681
Bastrop, Texas 78602-0681
(512)321-2419

Bastrop Historical Museum
702 Main
(512)321-6177
Saturday and Sunday afternoons or by appointment

Bastrop County Courthouse and Old Jail
Pine and Water
The three-story courthouse was built in 1884 and is still in use. The Old Jail next door, built in 1892, had jailers quarters on the first floor and cells on the upper two floors. It was used as a jail until 1974 and is now used for county offices.

Governor Joseph Sayers Home
1703 Wilson
Joseph Draper Sayers was the last Confederate soldier to become governor of Texas, serving from I899 to 1903. This Greek Revival home was built in 1868 soon after Sayers returned to Bastrop from the Civil War. It is a private residence, not open to the public.

Bastrop State Park
TX Hwy. 21 about I mile east
(512)321-2101
Open seven days 8-5 (to 7 in summer) for day use, at all times for camping located among the "Lost Pines of Texas, ' this 3,500-acre park has a swimming pool (summer only-fee), golf course, a 10-acre lake, hiking trails, picnic tables, tent and RV campsites (fee), and 13 cabins (fee), which may be booked 90 days in advance. Park Rd. 1 connects with Buescher State Park, about 12 miles east. For information write: Park Superintendent, PO Box 518, Bastrop 78602.

Lake Bastrop
Take TX Hwy. 95 north about 3 mites to FM 1441, then east to North Shore Recreation Area; or take TX Hwy. 21 northeast about a mile past Loop I50 to LCRA Dam Access Rd., then north to South Shore Recreation Area
(512)321-3307
Open seven days 8-8 (South Shore Park usually closed Labor Day through April) This 906-acre lake is primarily a cooling pond for the Lower Colorado River Authority's Sim Gideon Power Plant. However, it also offers recreational facilities in two parks for boating (ramp fee $1 per boat), fishing, swimming, water-skiing, picnicking, and camping (fee). An observation-picnic area adjacent to the power plant is open, free of charge, from 8 to sundown daily from March to mid-September. To reach it, take the Plant Access Rd. off TX Hwy. 21. For information contact: LCRA Lake Bastrop Parks, PO Box 546, Bastrop 78602.

Bastrop Opera House
706 Spring St.
(512)321-2101
Volunteers are the heartbeat of any not-for-profit theatre. To offer your expertise or to obtain a schedule, just pick up the phone and call (512)321-6283. Then you, too, will be a part of Bastrop Opera House History!

Homecoming
Various locations including Main St., the courthouse lawn,
and the river end of Farm St.
(512)321-2419
Usually Wednesday through Saturday of last week in July or first week in August Activities include a kiddie parade, a regular parade, a tour of historic homes, arts and crafts fair, games and contests, fun run, a canoe race, entertainment, and dances both in the streets and in various halls. There are free shuttle buses from the courthouse to the river park for the activities there.