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Carmine, Texas
Carmine Texas History:
In 1831, James Beardslee applied to the State of Coahuila and Texas, Mexico for a league of land south of Yegua Creek; his request was approved. In 1883 Dr. Benjamin Thigpen, a physician, was told the Houston & Central Railroad intended to build a line through the Carmine area. He purchased 46 acres of the original Beardslee land grant and established the town of Carmine. For $5, he sold the railroad a right of way over his land; the railroad built a switch and side track, and a train depot on the land. Dr. Thigpen was appointed station agent; his duties consisted of flagging down the train when the town had business to do. Dr. Thigpen plotted the townsite and named it Sylvan, but it was eventually changed to Carmean in honor of one of the area's oldest settlers. Though the town's name is spelled Carmine, it is pronounced Carmean, and records indicate the first post office established in 1886 was listed as the Carmean Post Office; Dr. Thigpen's sister was the first post mistress. The cotton industry was important to the early growth of Carmine; farming is still an important industry today. Carmine is located on U.S. 290, 15.5 miles slightly southeast of Giddings, 6.5 miles east of Ledbetter, 42 miles south of Caldwell, 38.5 miles southwest of Washington, 25 miles southwest of Sommerville, 18.8 miles west of Brenham, 6.5 miles southwest of Burton, 15.5 miles northwest of Shelby, 24 miles north of Fayetteville, 7.3 miles north of Round Top, 6.9 miles northwest of Winedale, and 23.3 miles northeast of La Grange, Texas.
Carmine Depot Museum:
The museum is located in the restored Southern Pacific Depot. It is open on the 2nd and 4th Fridays and Saturdays of each month, 10am-2pm. Special tours may be arranged by calling (979) 277-4613. 248 Sylvan Street, Carmine, Texas.
Texas Basketball Museum:
The museum features exhibits of professional basketball players and exhibits of the players and coaches listed in the museum’s Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Exhibits include uniforms, vintage basketballs, cards, trophies, photographs, autographs, items from the Olympics and other memorabilia. The building is available for event rentals. The museum is located one block south of U.S. 290 in Carmine. (800) 364-4667. Email
Harmonie Dance Hall, Shelby, TX:
The hall hosts live music and other events including antique shows. Click on the above link for the event schedule. (979) 836-7474. (979) 836-8735. The hall is located northeast of Fayetteville and southwest of Brenham at 509 West FM 389 in Shelby, Texas. Take FM 389 Southwest to Shelby, Continue on FM 389 for 0.5 miles past the intersection of FM 389 & FM 1457; Harmonie Hall will be located on your right. Map  Shelby Texas Area Map    
Event Venue - Carmine Hall - Cedar Creek Schuetzen Verein:
This hall is over 100 years old and is a popular venue for antique shows, weddings, and other public and private events. Amenities include the main hall with a seating capacity of over 500, and a stage. ‘The hall is managed by the Cedar Creek Schuetzen Verein, and is located at 300 Hauptstrasse Street, two blocks northwest of U.S. 290. (979) 278-9990. Reservations are available by calling (713) 553-4122.
Lions Club Annual Events:
The Lions Club hosts an annual The Lions Club building is available for event rentals by calling (979) 278-3244. 
Chamber of Commerce Annual Events:
Annual events include the Farmers Market and City Wide Garage Sale in March and September, and the Carmine Hall Christmas Fest on the first Sunday in December. The chamber also enters a float in the annual Round Top 4th of July Celebration. (979) 278-3270.
Annual The Original Round Top Antiques Fair, March/April, Sept/Oct:
Carmine has several antique stores, and sponsors antique shows. The Original Round Top Antiques Fair holds three annual shows which include the Spring and Fall Antique Fairs held during Antique Weekend, and the Winter Antique Show. These shows are held at venues in Carmine, Warrenton, and Round Top, Texas. Carmine vendors are located at the Carmine Dance Hall. A free shuttle runs between the Dance Hall and the Red Barn in Round Top. During Antique Week, shops in Carmine open early, and remain open late. Some vendors prefer cash to credit cards. ((512) 237-4747. (512) 913-3562.
Annual Antique Weekend, March/April and Sept/Oct:
Antique Weekendis a HUGE antique, craft, art and collectible gathering that attracts thousands of dealers from across the country where they are joined by tens of thousands of buyers. Shows are held in March/April and the end of September to early Oct. The fall and spring shows are preceded by a preview weekend (most dealers are open this set-up weekend). Each show consists of 30 or more smaller shows that are held in several rural Round Rock area communities including, Round Top, Warrenton, Carmine, Burton, Oldenburg, Fayetteville and Shelby, Texas. Email  Facebook
Annual Shakespeare at Winedale, April, and the Months of July & August, Winedale, TX:
Annually during July and August, and the last Friday and Saturday in April, University of Texas students perform Shakespearean Plays. The performance venue is a restored log barn on the grounds of the Winedale Historical Institute. An admission fee applies. (512) 471-4726; this phone is answered when the staff is at the UT campus office; they are not in the office during evenings and weekends, or when the staff is at Winedale. Shows are held on FM 2714 in Winedale. (512) 471-4726. Click for Schedules and ticket sales.
JW's Steakhouse, Carmine:
Jeffrey and Kristie Wunderlich serve very good food including mesquite grilled steaks, certified Angus beef, chicken fried steak, seafood, hamburgers, daily specials (includes lunch specials), and homemade desserts; they have a large wine selection. (979) 278-4240. 122 S. Hauptstrasse Street, Carmine, Texas. Reviews