Historic Resource Surveys in Aransas, Calhoun, and Refugio Counties

Historic Resources Surveys of Aransas, Calhoun, and Refugio Counties

In March 2019, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) received a grant from the National Park Service’s Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund to address the consequences of Hurricane Harvey on historic properties. To further our mission of protecting and preserving the state’s historic resources for the use, education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations, THC, though our primary contractor Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. (JMT), is preparing to conduct historic resources surveys of Aransas, Calhoun, and Refugio Counties. These counties were identified based on the lack of existing historic resource surveys, the likelihood of finding historic properties, and the threat of future hurricanes. The goal of this project is to develop a historic context and to identify historically significant properties, neighborhoods, and communities. Such surveys can be indispensable to raise a community’s awareness of its cultural heritage, create a lasting record of a community’s history, recognize those properties with potential for historic designation, and ensure historic resources are taken into account when federal agencies consider the impacts of their undertakings on the natural and human environment.

The Texas Historical Commission will conduct these county-wide historic resource surveys starting in the fall of 2021. The purpose of this survey is to document existing historic-age (45 year or older) buildings, structures, and significant landscape and infrastructure features. Architectural Historians will be traveling the county photographing and documenting historic resources all from the public right-of-way. They will be recording information such as materials, function, and integrity.


How can you help?

Share your insider knowledge! Let us know about any historic resources you’re aware of, important local history that we should know, or historic places that might be off the beaten path. Be sure to provide us with as many details as possible, especially in regard to location.

Email the project team at ESHPF_Survey@thc.texas.gov or contact Justin Kockritz at justin.kockritz@thc.texas.gov or 512-936-7403.


Aransas

The Aransas County public meeting was held virtually on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. If you are interested in the survey but were not able to participate in the meeting, you can download the presentation and you can submit any comments or questions via email at ESHPF_Survey@thc.texas.gov.


Calhoun

The Calhoun County public meeting was held virtually on Thursday, June 24, 2021. If you are interested in the survey but were not able to participate in the meeting, you can download the presentation and you can submit any comments or questions via email at ESHPF_Survey@thc.texas.gov.


Refugio

The Refugio County public meeting was held virtually on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. If you are interested in the survey but were not able to participate in the meeting, you can download the presentation and you can submit any comments or questions via email at ESHPF_Survey@thc.texas.gov.

Ben Shelton Building, RefugioFulton Mansion State Historic Site, Rockport