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A Guide to the Peyton Colony Records, 1940-2005
In 1866 Peyton Roberts, an ex-slave from Lockhart, acquired public land in Blanco County and established a freedmen’s colony called Peyton Colony (also known as Boardhouse)m. He started his settlement with a wagon, livestock, and supplies gifted from his old master. Other freedmen followed and built on land nearby, establishing a community that would reach a population of 400 at its height.
In 1989, Peyton Colony received two historical markers. The first, Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, was founded in 1874 by Reverend Jack Burch. The church began as a tent where meetings and sermons were held until a log cabin was built. Before the schoolhouse was built, the church also served as a classroom. The second historical site is a lime kiln used by Peyton Roberts in building the first structures at Peyton Colony.
As of 2000, Peyton Colony’s population rested at 30. Descendants of founders still live there and maintain the historical sites and hold sermons at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church.
The collection contains six photograph albums and nine folders consisiting of newspaper clippings and historical notes about the community, correspondence, print materials, photographs, and one operator's license. Print materials consist of sermon transcripts, brochures, obituaries, and documentation of the dedication of Peyton Colony's two historical spots, Mt. Horeb Baptist Church and the lime kiln.
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[Identification of item], Peyton Colony Records, MS 205, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.
Purchased from Maggie Lambeth, September 2005.
Inventoried G. Schaad, K. Kisner, October 2005 and Rose Rodriguez, April 2009.
Processed by Amber Harmon, Library Assistant II, October 2017.