Georgetown - Quilt Block Series LbNA # 22683
|Owner||Lone Star Quilter|
|Placed Date||May 29 2006|
|Last Update||Nov 8 2015|
The interesting names given to quilt block patterns are rooted deep in the history of the United States. It is easy to see the influence upon quilters of the past by studying the names that they have given to their quilt patterns. Some were given biblical names, such as Jacob's Ladder. Others came from trades, such as Carpenter's Wheel, or square dancing, like Eight Hands Around. The name of the Georgetown block obviously came from a place, most likely a city, named Georgetown. Before Georgetown, Texas was founded in 1848, the Tonkawa Indians had an established village on the river now known as the San Gabriel. The city was named for George Washington Glasscock (1810-1868), local politician and businessman, who donated 172 acres for the town. Glasscock County was also named in his honor. The cemetery where this box is hidden is called “Old Georgetown Cemetery”. This letterbox is planted to honor the town and the cemetery.
The box is located at Blue Hole Park, on the San Gabriel River, in Georgetown. Going north from Austin on I-35, exit Lake Georgetown/Andice and turn right on Williams. Turn right again on on Business 35 (Austin Ave.). After crossing the river, turn right on 3rd St., cross Rock Street, and park in the lot on the right for Blue Hole Park.
Walk down Rock Street towards the river. Turn left at the river and walk up until you come to the rest room building. Cross the road and walk up the hill towards the covered picnic table. Follow the path around to the road. You will come to an old black cemetery. Look straight across the road to a prominent 8’ tall obelisk marking the grave of W. S. Gainer, who died Jan. 4, 1896. Standing at the footstone and facing the grave marker, look 20 degrees to your right into the woods. You will see a large pile of concrete rubble. The box is under a slab closest to the grave marker, covered with rocks.