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Celebrate Llano Founder’s Day this June: Texas History Comes Alive

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Throughout the year, Llano County turns out event after event, making it one of the most active small communities in the state. From Western Trappings to the Chuck Wagon Cook-off, there’s always something fun and engaging happening in this quaint community that rests alongside the Llano River. Llano might also be one of the proudest and most welcoming communities in the state. That’s saying a lot, considering that Texans are known for our Texas-sized state pride and hospitality. We like to show off what we love. Each event Llano hosts showcases local history and honors the area’s rich heritage, paying homage to those who came before. That special community pride will be on full display this June at Llano Founder’s Day.

Llano Founder’s Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at The Llano County Historical Museum. The event will be an appreciation for the founding of not just one great city but also several charming surrounding communities like Tow and Castell. Mike Reagor serves as Chairman of the Committee of the Historical Society of Llano County and also as a board member for the Llano County Historical Museum. In an interview, Reagor shared some of the important aspects that Llano County Founder’s Day will celebrate. He spoke passionately about that historic moment on June 14, 1856, when early inhabitants of the area met “at an oak tree by the Llano River to determine the county seat of Llano County.”

Celebrate Llano Founder's Day this June: Texas History Comes Alive

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The appreciation that Reagor holds for Llano history was evident as he talked about celebrating the community’s founding. He spoke about the significance of farmers coming into town to exchange goods and making their way in that new world. Llano’s chuckwagon events bring these moments back to life each year, and the Llano County Historical Museum keeps this rich history alive throughout each season.

Llano Founder’s Day will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on June 15, 2019, at the Llano County Historical Museum. This year’s event promises to keep the memory of that historic early settlement and those brave, pioneering men and women alive in the minds of Llano’s modern-day citizens. Sam Oatman, a descendant of some of the original Llano founders, will be there to talk more about this rich history and the importance of family and heritage. The Llano County Historical Museum will be open and hosting tours for visitors to learn more as well. During this time, events that will take place later in the year will also be discussed, including Western Trappings and the celebration of the 100 years of Women’s Suffrage.

Celebrate Llano Founder's Day this June: Texas History Comes Alive

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Bring your appetite. There will also be a dinner at 6:00 p.m., serving up what Mike calls the “Llano national supper” of pork burgers. Stick around to enjoy the fireworks display that will take place at the end of the event to celebrate Llano County’s independence from Gillespie County. The Llano County Historical Museum is located at 310 Bessemer (Hwy 16), Llano, Texas. It’s open Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 325-247-3026. Keep an eye out for tickets to Llano Founder’s Day, coming soon to the museum website at this link.