Glenda's Adventures with Daisy 2006-07 travel blog

Daisy and Sweet Pea at Lazy Longhorn RV Park, Victoria

Lone Star LoW Friends Arriving at DeWitt County Historical Museum

DeWitt County Historical Museum

Front Garden at DeWitt County Historical Museum

John T. Wofford Home


THURSDAY

This morning before leaving the RV park at Luling, I topped off my propane tank. Then I headed for the campout at Victoria with the Lone Star chapter of Loners on Wheels. Along the way I stopped in Gonzalez to take care of some business, feed Daisy and buy groceries. I arrived at the Lazy Longhorn RV Park in Victoria around 2:00. Three others had already arrived. Some are expected to arrive tomorrow.

This park is very nice. Unfortunately, we are unable to use their clubroom because another group had booked it. We sat outside and visited this afternoon but eventually the wind drove us indoors. Maybe it will be more calm tomorrow for our trip to Cuero.

FRIDAY

Today it was very cloudy and quite windy all day but we still had a good time. This morning two carloads of us drove over to Cuero to visit the DeWitt County Historical Museum, which is housed in the Bates-Sheppard House. It was built mainly of lumber which had been salvaged from the ruins of the Indianola home of Morgan Steamship Captain, Henry Sheppard. An 1886 hurricane had destroyed Indianola. Some of the houses there had been taken apart, moved by mule train to Cuero and then reconstructed.

The museum also had a special exhibition of live specimens of Texas wildflowers, which were displayed in unique antique bottles. The display is hosted by the DeWitt County Wildflower Association. The flowers were labeled with the common, scientific and family names. DeWitt County was designated as the Wildflower Capital of Texas by the Texas Legislature on May 4, 1999. Cuero is the county seat. Barbara, one of the club members, grew up there so she knows a lot of the history. She took us around the historic section to see some of the homes. A particularly beautiful house is the John T. Wofford Home. It was built in 1877 near Lindenau by John T. Wofford, son of first Chief Justice of DeWitt County. It was dismantled, moved and reassembled in Cuero circa 1883. Six original fireplaces still are in use.

We also went to the city library where we saw a wonderful exhibit of photographs that were part of a juried competition. There were several categories: Portraits, animals, flowers, landscapes, digitally-enhanced or modified and children's works. There were some excellent photos. Sometimes we didn't agree with the jurors' selections! I can imagine how difficult it was for them to make their selections.

After returning to the campground, we had our potluck dinner outdoors. It was still windy but didn't interfere with us much. After dinner, Linda brought out her propane-powered "campfire" to provide a nice atmosphere for our fireside chats. It was a very nice finishing touch to a wonderful day.

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