THE MARY CHRISTIAN
HELP US SAVE MARY'S HOMESTEAD, THE ORIGINAL ELGIN INSTITUTION
A group of everyday folks just like you are working together to preserve the oldest home in Elgin and an invaluable piece of Texas history.
We are working to turn the homestead into an interactive museum telling the story of Elgin and Texas through the prism of Mary Christian Burleson's extraordinary life and an event space and grounds that encourages stay and play visitors in Elgin and funds the organization.
The 1847 homestead is a symbol of Mary Christian Burleson's enduring legacy and a part of the story of this land,
a story we'll bring to life, with your help.
For over 170 years, long before there was a City of Elgin, Mary Christian Burleson's homestead has stood on the edge of the frontier but fully entrenched in history. As one of the earliest settlers in this area, Mary managed the homestead and raised a family that would go on to be pivotal in Texas' and our nation's history.
Throughout the years, the MCB Homestead has sheltered families and kept watch over Elgin but now it's our turn to repay the favor. With your help, we can restore the house and grounds so Mary's legacy can continue to stand the test of time. Donate today.
The restoration cost is being supported by the Texas Historical Commission, local Elgin leaders, businesses and foundations, and individual donations from folks like you.
We hope you'll scroll down this page to see our upcoming events and make a donation. See you soon!
With architectural drawings in hand, funding secured, and an amazing community behind us, we are excited to embark on the construction phase of the Homestead Restoration Project.
To meet our goals, we'll need the help of great people like you for all tasks, large and small. To volunteer with us, click here to fill out a short form.
We can't wait until we are able to open our doors as a museum, cultural center, and event space celebrating the legacy of Mary Christian Burleson, adding to the history of Texas, and keeping Elgin a wonderful place to live and visit. Donate today.
“Preserving this wonderful piece of Elgin history gives us the opportunity to honor the independent spirit and strength of Mary Christian Burleson. I’m pleased the Texas Historical Commission has chosen to help restore this landmark and invest in the history of Bastrop County.”
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Meet our new neighbor: Circle Brewing's Elgin brewery & farm
With Circle Brewery's 22 acres, they have a lot planned for their new brewery and taproom in Elgin! From growing their own brewing ingredients to raising livestock, Circle is creating a truly unique Texas experience that pairs nicely with the Mary Christian Burleson Homestead next door.
While the board of the Mary Christian Burleson Foundation can't wait to share a pint with you on Circle's patio, until then visit us at one of our upcoming events and visit Circle Brewing's Austin taproom at 2340 W Braker Ln, Suite B. You may even see us there! Follow Circle Brewing @circlebew.