Fayette Heritage
Museum &

Come visit the second floor archives reading room.
See photos below.

855 South Jefferson Street, La Grange, TX 78945
Phone: 979-968-3765 Fax: 979-968-5357
Hours: Tues - Fri 10-6, Sat 10-1, Closed Sundays & Mondays

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Layout of Library, Museum & Archives

Books for Sale in the Gift Shop


Museum Exhibit Space

A series of rotating exhibits make up the FHMA museum space. Current exhibits:

The Photography of Louis Melcher

Crayon Portraits

When White Dresses Were in Vogue

Resources in the Archives

The staff will do lookups in many of the resources listed below. E-mail them at rjohnson@cityoflg.com. Please note that, while they will look up specific information for you, they cannot research your lineage for application to the various heritage organizations. That task is yours to enjoy! The archives contain a wealth of information for anyone researching a Fayette County family. Plan to visit soon!

The online catalog contains many but not all of the archives' collections.

Cemetery Listings with Indexes

Lookups are available by surname in the archives' extensive database of Fayette County burials. You do not need to know the name of the cemetery and you do not need to limit your request to a specific person.

Family Files & Histories

More than 5,500 files. For a nominal fee the staff will mail you copies of family research in their vertical files.

Marriage Index

The archives' database includes marriages from 1838 until 1995.

1850-1880 Texas Census Indexes

Microfilm of Fayette County Records

Tax Rolls 1837-1979
Scholastic Census 1876-1877, 1897-1904
Marriage Licenses 1838-1923 (indexed), 1838 - 1995 index on paper
Occupation Licenses 1840-1872
Probate Records 1838-1918
Some Naturalization & Guardianship Records (indexed)

Microfilm of Newspapers

The Archives has contributed all of its newspaper microfilm and hard copies of newspapers through 1965 to The Portal to Texas History, where they are easily searchable.

These are just a few of our newspapers:

La Grange Journal, beginning 18 Feb 1880

Fayette County Record

Flatonia Argus

Schulenburg Sticker

La Grange Svoboda, Czech language, beginning 1885

La Grange Deutsche-Zeitung, German language

Plus Others...

Freytag Collection of Genealogical & General Research

La Grange & Fayette County Files

School Records

This collection includes school census data.

Church Records

Organization Records


Over 16,000 images, including Crayton Studio Negative Collection—4800 subjects from 1940-1960's, indexed


Texana Book Collection & More...

Fayette County Books for Sale in the Gift Shop

If you have any questions about a book or the total cost, including tax and shipping, please email the Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives at rjohnson@cityoflg.com or phone 979-968-3765. Other titles are also available, including a large collection of used books.

The Bridge
Written by Gene L. Freudenberg. . 56 pages. Softcover. $15.00

Chronicles of Fayette
Early history of Fayette County written by Julia Lee Sinks in 1875, printed in 1975. 145 pages. Softcover. $15.00

An Early History of Fayette County
Written by Leonie Rummel Weyand and Houston Wade in 1936, reprinted. Hardcover, $20.00.

Fayette County Her History and Her People
A remarkable achievement, packed with useful information, though not indexed, written by Frank Lotto in 1902. 424 pages. Softcover. $15.00

Fayette County Past & Present
History of Fayette County written by La Grange students in 1975. 473 pages. Softcover. $15.00

Images of America La Grange
Written by Marie W. Watts. 128 pages. Softcover. $20.00

Nassau Plantation
The evolution of a Texas German slave plantation, written by James C. Kearney. 353 pages. Hardcover.  $32.00

Postcard History Series: Fayette County
Written by Jon Todd “J.T.” Koening. 128 pages. Softcover. $22.00

Private William Guehrs
Waldeck Cemetery, Dedicated April 13, 2002, the confederate Hero of Waldeck (formerly known as Long Prairie). Booklet issued April 13, 2002. 28 pages. Softcover.  $5.00

Rededication of the Fayette County Courthouse
Booklet issued in 2005 to commemorate the multi-million dollar restoration of the 1891 structure. 28 pages. Softcover. $5.00

Same Moon Same Stars
The life of Renate Mecherauch Meiners, written by Elaine Thomas.  Softcover.  166 pages. $15.00

The Von Rosenberg Family of Texas
The civil war years written by Ann Barnes with Billye Beth Baker.  88 pages.  Softcover. $20.00

Fayette Public Library, Heritage Museum and Archives
Renovation and expansion


FIRST FLOOR of the Fayette Public Library & Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives formerly contained 5,966 square feet. The new wing adds 2,328 feet. Renovation includes a redesigned vestibule with north entry, a new handicapped elevator, new library area, new reading areas for children and adults, more vault storage, conference and meeting space, greater computer capacity, office, and fully ADA compliant restrooms.

SECOND FLOOR of the building formerly had 3,700 square feet and was expanded by 3,885 more feet with the new wing and infilling a second floor deck across the open area. Located upstairs are an archive reading room and vault, museum collections storage and exhibit display areas, as well as additional restrooms.

The renovated library, museum and archives encompasses a total of 15,879 square feet.