The historical name for the building is May (Mae) Morgan but the current name is Collectors Hideaway. The current owner, Laura Williamson, and her husband, Keith, are holding an open house to celebrate the receiving of the National Register Plaque for the building. A National Register designation is the highest designation a building can receive. It means that a structure is significant to the history of the Nation and has kept its integrity for 50 years or more. The Morgan building was built in the 1920s and originally was located on the east side of the square facing the courthouse. Miss Morgan was an entrepreneur and owned numerous properties in Blanco and Blanco County. Mae Morgan built the structure for a ready-to-wear shop. The windows on the front of the building are perfect for showing dresses and hats for women.
In the 1930s, the little building was slid around the square to where it sits today facing the bowling alley. It was used as an insurance office by owner Bob Bigden in the 1950s. Then in 1969, Mrs. Pearl Read bought the building for an antique shop named Trash and Treasures. She remained the owner until her death, when her daughter Laura Williamson became the owner. It was always Mrs. Read’s hope to get a plaque for the building, and now her daughter has made that wish come true for her mother.
On June 12, 2009 at 11:00 am, the public is invited to join this proud owner celebrate the receiving and marking of the building with the plaque. The mayor will be present to celebrate, as will members of the Historical Commission. After brief speeches, please join them for refreshments of cookies and lemonade. Enjoy a tour of the small building, which has never had a bathroom, but still retains the original wooden floors and wonderful windows. Let Mrs. Williamson tell you stories about the building.
A special price is available for cookbooks for all collectors, only $1.00 for cookbooks in the basket. There is also a 10% discount on purchases during the day – don’t forget to ask.
Other qualified owners in the Historical District, join the Marked campaign and show our heritage.