Arguendo and Dixi have been residents of Austin, TX for most of 20+ years. We have tons of pictures from our time spent here and continue to take pictures around town. Here we plan on showing a picture each day. We hope you enjoy it and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Gault Homestead

Included as part of a 320-acre land grant awarded to J. P. Whelin in payment for his service to the Republic of Texas Army. This property has had a long and varied history. Soon after he was granted the land, Whelin sold it to Nathaniel C. Raymond, who in turn sold it to John M. Gault two years later.

Gault built a log cabin on the Whelin Grant in the 1850's, and he and his family established a farm. In 1855 they purchased adjoining land from Captain Nelson Merrill and soon thereafter built a larger home on that tract of land.

Gault died about 1865 and was buried in Merrilltown  Cemetery. The homestead property remained in his family until 1892, when it was sold to William and Edna Graves. They maintained the Gault Homestead as tenant property for a number of years, during which the original cabin was enlarged with a board-and-batten addition. R. C. Cox acquired the property in 1929, and his family lived in the cabin through the following decade.

After a succession of owners, the Gault Homestead became part of a modern housing development in the 1980's. It remains as a reminder of the Merrilltown community and of the county's early rural heritage.

From Arguendo & Dixi's Daily Austin Photo

Here's a few more pics from the Gault Homestead.

From Arguendo & Dixi's Daily Austin Photo
From Arguendo & Dixi's Daily Austin Photo
From Arguendo & Dixi's Daily Austin Photo

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