Peyton Colony School is in a settlement nine miles east of Blanco, on Peyton Colony Road, off RR 165. The settlement was first called Freedmen’s Colony by white settlers but was always known as Peyton’s Colony by the Blacks.
The Blacks attended the school up until the eighth grade, and then they had to finish school in Austin. My husband, Lawrence Coffee, and his brother and sisters attended the school, as well as Jasper and Nellie Mae Upshaw, Joyce and Ara Jones and Isadora Yett (who is celebrating her 95th birthday this coming April 10th at Gem of the Hills)!
Peyton Colony School needs some maintenance done, so the May Day Fest is our first attempt to raise money to do so. The electricity may even get turned on this month! The first work day will be coming up soon. Many local friends and family members have mentioned they want to help. Now’s the time to contact Lawrence for details of the date of the first work day.
The May Day Fest will feature a chuck wagon meal prepared by Lonnie Rodriguez, serving from 11:30am to 3:00pm. A community garage sale will begin at 8:00am. If you come early you will be able to buy a breakfast taco, too!
Many people have donated money towards the upkeep of the school, and you will be happy to know we finally are moving forward with the repairs! If you have items you would like to donate for the sale, we will be happy to pick them up on April 24. Please contact Lawrence at 830-833-4183 or Lucille at 512-779-4760.
This is an effort to preserve history and the heritage of Peyton Colony. We thank all for their help, and pray blessings upon everyone who has or will donate their precious time and hard earned money towards the repairs and upkeep of Peyton Colony School.