Information about Mason, TX and the small, locally-owned businesses located there.

Gem of the Hill Country

"Gem of the Hill Country"

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A little about Mason

Mason Texas, located on the western side of the Hill Country, offer's a beautiful combination of rugged Texas landscape, historic, recreational and cultural opportunities for any visitor or resident. The first thing people notice is the town square, which is considered one of the five most beautiful squares in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine. Once you've seen it for yourself, you will know why we are the"Gem of the Hill Country". Mason has been a significant place on the road from San Antonio to all points west since the mid 1800's. Its proximity to water and strategic location caused the US government to establish Ft. Mason. From 1851-1869 we were the edge of the "civilized" frontier. Twenty-six generals, including Robert E. Lee, served at Ft. Mason before the Civil War - more than any other post. You can step back in time today as you tour the replica of the office''s quarters at Fort Mason and enjoy the panoramic view from the Top of Post Hill.

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The history of Mason

he first settler is thought to have been William S. Gamel in 1846. The settlement of Mason grew up around Fort Mason which was established by the United States War Department as a front-line defense against Kiowa, Lipan Apache and Comanche, on July 6, 1851. George W. Todd established a Fort Mason post office March 8, 1858, which became consigned to the civilian settlement on June 26, 1858. The protection and commercial possibilities of the fort drew settlers. W. C. Lewis opened a general store that served soldiers and settlers. In 1860, James E. Ranck opened a second store and later became known as "The Father of Mason". After the U.S. Civil War, returning Confederate veterans and German ranchers clashed in 1875 over cattle rustling and other crimes. The resulting killings were known as "The HooDoo Wars," In the midst of the war, Loyal Valley home owner Tim Williamson was murdered by a dozen masked vigilantes who accused him of cattle theft.

Contact Information

108 Fort McKavitt St
Mason, Texas

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Businesses in Mason, Texas

Here is a collection of local Mason, Texas businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

Art Lodging Museums / Attractions Restaurants Shopping


Arnold Art Gallery


Presenting a well curated selection of artists


Mason Artisan Gallery


Artists presented


Apple Cottage Bed and Breakfast


Your private getaway


Martin Guest Ranch


Two miles of river front property


Red Door Bed and Breakfast


Located on historic Courthouse Square


Tres Lunas Resort


Texas Zen ranch hospitality


Compass Rose Cellars

Museums / Attractions

Blending old world techniques and a little bit of love


Robert Clay Vineyards

Museums / Attractions

Specializing in Chardonnay, Touriga and Merlot


Sandstone Cellars Winery

Museums / Attractions

An insightful boutique winery


Coopers Pit BBQ


Doing BBQ the right way


Santos Taqueria


Everything from scratch, just like grandma did


Topaz Confections


Sweet and savory confections on the Mason Square


Willow Creek Cafe


Friendly, fresh and tasty


Hinckley's Country Store


Old fashion variety store with lots of toys and whatnots


Mason Country Collectibles


Items both unique and beautiful


Southern Britches


Boutique style clothing and accessories


Toni Hurlbut Jewelry


Handcrafted, original jewelry designs




Providing all of your floral and gift needs