Agricultural Theme Study for Central Texas
HHM has completed a multi-phase study under a contract with TxDOT that provides guidelines for identifying, documenting, and evaluating the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility of agricultural properties within Central Texas. The study area encompassed 13 counties in Central Texas, including: Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Caldwell, Comal, Coryell, Falls, Guadalupe, Hays, McLennan, Milam, Travis, and Williamson. This geographic area extends over a diverse territory where a wide range of agricultural activities has occurred since Europeans first settled in the region in the eighteenth century. The resulting cultural landscape presents a cross-section of agricultural patterns, buildings, and demographics that extend over a much broader area outside of Central Texas.
The report, prepared so that each section can be a stand-alone document, consists of eight separate sections. Within the report, HHM developed a typology that will serve as a field guide to help other cultural resource professionals understand the types of agricultural properties within Central Texas and beyond, classify these resources in a consistent fashion to facilitate comparative analysis, and evaluate historic-age agricultural properties for NRHP eligibility. The field guide identifies and defines the major property types and subtypes and provides three case studies to explain how the guidelines presented can be used and applied in real-life situations. The guide also presents an overview of GIS mapping capabilities, along with guidance on how GIS analysis can be used in a beneficial way in historic resources surveys.