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

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

Address:
108 Fort McKavitt St
Mason, Texas
76856

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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

Art

Presenting a well curated selection of artists

 

Mason Artisan Gallery

Art

Artists presented

 

Apple Cottage Bed and Breakfast

Lodging

Your private getaway

 

Martin Guest Ranch

Lodging

Two miles of river front property

 

Red Door Bed and Breakfast

Lodging

Located on historic Courthouse Square

 

Tres Lunas Resort

Lodging

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

Restaurants

Doing BBQ the right way

 

Santos Taqueria

Restaurants

Everything from scratch, just like grandma did

 

Topaz Confections

Restaurants

Sweet and savory confections on the Mason Square

 

Willow Creek Cafe

Restaurants

Friendly, fresh and tasty

 

Hinckley's Country Store

Shopping

Old fashion variety store with lots of toys and whatnots

 

Mason Country Collectibles

Shopping

Items both unique and beautiful

 

Southern Britches

Shopping

Boutique style clothing and accessories

 

Toni Hurlbut Jewelry

Shopping

Handcrafted, original jewelry designs

 

Wildflowers

Shopping

Providing all of your floral and gift needs