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Sebastopol House State Historic Site
Sebastopol House State Historic Site Information:   
During the 19th Century Seguin was a center of experimentation for using concrete as a building material. By the late-19th century, approximately one out of ten Seguin structures were made of the locally invented "limecrete." By 1900, Seguin had approximately 90 limecrete structures; fewer than 20 remain. The 1856 Sebastopol concrete Greek revival style house was built by Col. Joshua W. Young using slave labor. It is one of the finest 19th century concrete structures in the U.S. It sits is on 2.2 acres of its original 4 acre site. Its historical significance is due to its unusual limecrete construction and its architectural style. In 1976, TPWD purchased the site from the Seguin Conservation Society. It restored the house to its original 1880 appearance and opened it to the public in 1989. Exhibits within the house explain the history of the house and its former inhabitants, the building process and restoration of limecrete, and the restoration project. The house is furnished with period pieces from the late 19th century, and features archeological artifacts from the site. The Sebastopol park grounds are landscaped with antique roses, wildflowers, and beautiful lawns. Picnic areas are available for public use. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Texas Historical Landmark. TPWD offered summer programs for children ages 5 to adult. These programs included such programs as working with clay, or learning simple machines (pulley, lever, the screw, wheel, axle, and the wedge). The site sponsored the Toast to Texas celebration in March, a May Day party for kids, and a July family campout. This building is was also the anchor for the annual Seguin Heritage Tour of Historic Homes which occurred the first weekend in December. The house and 2.2 acre grounds were available for private or public event rentals. Ownership and management of the house was transferred to the City of Seguin on 1 September, 2011. The house is no longer a Texas Historic Site, but is now a Seguin Historic Site, and no longer offers fabulous events. Call the city for touring, event information and hours. (830) 401-2480. No fees apply. 704 Zorn Street, Seguin, Texas 78155.  Park Video 
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