Last month, I had the privilege of gathering with 5 other Texas authors (well, one was from Oklahoma, but we let her into the club because she passed the awesome author test) for a weekend retreat in historic Granbury, TX. We are all currently write historicals or have in the past, so the location was perfect! You know how you travel hundreds of miles to see fascinating sites but can’t seem to motivate yourself to travel 2 hours to see what’s close by? Well, I suffer from that particular ailment. Thankfully, I got a heavy dose of cure when planning this retreat. Granbury’s tagline is “Where Texas History Lives” yet I’d never visited. So glad that is no longer the case.
We rented a wonderful historic home to stay in and felt like we were living in the lap of luxury.
On Saturday afternoon, the sun shone bright and warm, so I opted to take a walk from the house to the historic downtown square just under a mile away. The gorgeous courthouse stood proudly at the center. The courthouse was built in 1890-91 and it sports a statue of Brigadier General Hiram B. Granbury, Commander of the 7th Texas Infantry and Granbury’s namesake.
Also along the square was a hotel run by the town founders, Jacob and Jesse Nutt.
“In the late 1850’s members of the Nutt Family arrived in what is now the Granbury area. They first set up several farmsteads, and in 1871 on this site, blind brothers Jacob and Jesse Nutt started a mercantile business. In the earliest days, they used a tent to house their wares, but quickly erected a log and stone building which served as the store headquarters for many years. They were assisted by their younger, sighted brother, David Lee Nutt. In 1879, David and his wife, Sudie, built a new house just two blocks down the street. Soon they were using part of the house as a hotel to accommodate business associates. This continued for many years, and the Nutt’s even added a wing on to the house to give more rooms. The town-folk began to refer to their home as the NUTT HOUSE HOTEL!” (For full article on the Nutt Hotel, click here.)
How would you like to tell people you were taking a vacation to stay in the Nutt House for a while? Ha!
One of the highlights of the trip, though, was going to a production at the Granbury Opera House. The opera house was built in 1886 and is a wonderful little theater, typical of the opera houses common in smaller towns in the 19th century.
At the opera house. we even finagled our way on stage after the performance and had our picture taken. You might recognize Anne Mateer, Connilyn Cossette, Regina Jennings, me, Elizabeth Ludwig, and Nancy Kimball.
Yes, we did manage to squeeze in some writing amid all the sightseeing. We had some wonderful chats about the publishing industry and just friendly catching up between friends as well. Our send off was a delicious Sunday brunch at one of the downtown restaurants. Yes, those ginormous blueberry pancakes are mine, and yes, I managed to eat almost all of them. Yumm!
- Do you enjoy historical sites?
- Do you have interesting places close to home that you’ve never visited?
- If you could enjoy a getaway weekend with friends, where would you go?