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Peyton Colony to Hold Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 • Posted June 9, 2011

Juneteenth is coming up the third weekend in June (it’s Father’s Day weekend), on Saturday, June 18th, at the Peyton Colony School grounds located on Peyton Colony Road (aka CR 409), off Rural Route 165, Blanco County, Texas. From Blanco, take RR165, about 9 miles east and turn left onto Peyton Colony Road, and you will see it around the bend. We will be stretched out between the Peyton Colony School House and Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. Donations are accepted for the bar-b-que plates. Gary Lynn Jones will be our chief chef this year, and brisket, chicken and sausage are on the menu. The rest of us here in Peyton Colony will be cooking potato salad, beans, and desserts. Please come join us!

The celebration will begin at 11:00 am, and food will be served from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, and the celebration will continue throughout the afternoon.

Peyton Colony and Mt. Horeb Baptist Church are on the historical marker tour guide. School was taught in the school house up until 1963, and before that school was taught in the church.

The history of the settlement is on the historical marker, so you can read all about it when you come. Peyton Colony was established by a group of freed persons in 1865 and was called Freedmen’s Colony by white settlers, but always known as Peyton’s Colony by the Blacks, because Peyton Roberts was their leader.

They built a lime kiln and made mortar to build buildings in Blanco County. It’s on RR 165 at the rest stop. There was a post office named Board House, for the man whose building it was housed in.

The Mount Horeb Baptist Church was organized in 1874 and began as a log cabin, which served as the church and school house. Today Peyton Colony is remembered as the realization of the dreams of ex-slaves to establish a community of freed persons.

I can’t imagine a human being not being free to live as he or she wants to, but there are still people today who are not free. They are trapped in all kinds of situations and don’t know God or His Son Jesus Christ. We should never stop thanking our Lord God for our freedom. And be bold enough to thank a veteran for their service to our country. They appreciate it. If you have fought for our freedom, I truly thank you, and know you made a lot of sacrifices for our freedom. We appreciate you very much!

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