The Old Blanco County Courthouse has proudly stood as the architectural gem of the County since 1885. Just five years after its completion, however, county lines were redrawn and the geographic center of Blanco County became Johnson City, where a new courthouse was built to serve as the county seat.
The Old Blanco County Courthouse subsequently served as a school, a bank, a hospital, a restaurant, and for many years, remained vacant. In 1986 the deteriorating building was purchased for relocation to a private ranch. In order to save the landmark building, the citizens of Blanco rallied together, raised funds and formed the Old Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society.
Today the Courthouse serves as a visitor’s center and venue for private and community functions, thanks to the spirit and TRUE GRIT of the citizens of Blanco and their continuing efforts to maintain and preserve this grand old structure. More recently, the courthouse was used as a filming location for the Coen Brothers’ 2010 film “True Grit” starring Jeff Bridges. Scenes were shot in the courtroom, on the stairs and in the hallways.
Everyone is invited to relive the early days of the Old Blanco County Courthouse by attending the 23rd Annual Fundraising Gala on Saturday, October 19 beginning at 6:30pm on the courthouse lawn. After a beer/wine mixer and appetizers, visitors may step inside to admire the period decorations and tempting display of silent auction items. A succulent stuffed pork tenderloin dinner (with a vegetarian option) will be served upstairs at approximately 7:00pm by Cooking it Up with the Carles Catering. James Watson and Jaxon Smith are providing music and there will be an entertaining live auction following dessert. A progressive dinner for 8 with wine pairing by Sullivan Street Caterring and a half-day all inclusive guided fishing trip for 2 on the bays of Port O’Conner are two of the items up for auction. Attendees may also bid on a Marlin .25-06, .257 caliber deer rifle with 24inch barrel donated by Baker Guns or a University of Texas football signed by Coach Darrell Royal.
Ticket prices for the GALA are $75 per person or $450 for a table of 8. Contact Lesley at the Courthouse at (830) 833-2211 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cindy at email@example.com.
For the poker players, the 4th Annual Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament will be held the morning of October 19th from 10am – 2pm on the 2nd level of the Courthouse. The entry fee is $50 in advance or $60 at the door. The grand prize drawing is a trip to Las Vegas! Contact Mable Rollins at (210) 393-3377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Seating at both events is limited so reservations should be made early.
Funds for underwriting, donations of goods and services, and volunteers are greatly appreciated. Tax-deductible contributions should be sent to OBCCPS, PO Box 302, Blanco, TX 78606.