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Tucked away in the quite countryside town of Burton, Texas Cotton Gin Museum takes you through the history of the region's cotton industry. Through a collection of tools, implements, machinery and photographs, visitors are handed a thorough description of the history and evolution of the cotton industry and its relevance and impact on the city. The museum also offers its visitors, the opportunity to pick cotton, and learn about the age old procedures of seed-separation.
Chappell Hill Lavender Farm offers a unique experience for visitors to enjoy. Explore the beauty of lush purple blooms as you enjoy the heady scent of fresh lavender and the quiet beauty and picturesque scene before you. The farm is set amidst gently sloping hills, while the charming gazebo and pond are a nice setting for an outing with friends, family or your partner. The farm doesn't charge for entry and during cutting season you can even visit the fields and pick fresh blooms. A store on site is a good place to pick up lavender products.
35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Austin lies the Sherwood Forest Fairgrounds, home to the Sherwood Forest Faire and other medieval-esque events, including jousting and weddings. See the website for the events calendar and plan your trip to the dark ages accordingly.
Comprising four units, Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway is a sprawling parkland welcoming outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. While the plentiful recreational opportunities are all equally alluring, the gorgeous Birch Creek and Nail Creek are among the most popular attractions of the park. Followed by exploring the many activities around these open waters, visitors can engage in bird watching here, for the park is an inviting haven for varied avian species. The scenic trails are ideal for hiking as well as biking. Luring adventure seekers from far and beyond, Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway is a majestic destination.
Sitting on 225 acres (9 hectares) of prairie and Oak savannah, Winedale Historic Complex is a wonderful attraction consisting of multiple wood-framed structures from the 19th century. Open for visitors to tour, where one can expect to see period furnishings and antique décor. The complex has various facilities and programs for visitors to take part in and understand Texas bygone era. Many events are held on the historic ground. Check the website for more details.
Located near Belleville in Austin County, TX, the Old Masonic Hall building was used as a church and school till about 1881. It was only in 1886 that the premises were chartered as a Masonic Hall. Members of the Masonic Lodge were prominent citizens and played an important role in political, business and religious aspects of the community. The property was enlisted in the US National Register of Historical Places in 1986.