Grew out of a settlement formed by
three families of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred. Later settlers included
both German and Czech immigrants as well as Anglo-American, and the
three ethnic groups contributed a diversified community.
City has had
several names: Wadis Post Office, Alexander's Voting
Place and Lick Skillet (given
by settlers arriving too late for festive occasions,
found food devoured and were told to "lick the
skillet.") Officially named by Philip J, Shaver, who
laid out the town, for his birthplace, Fayetteville, NC.
Town had one of
first bands in Texas, composed of German musicians, who played for meetings and festivals
statewide. For more than 50 years a Czech band, conducted by Frank and John
Baca, provided dance music and "Baca" music
still enjoyed today.
Fayetteville ties along a local
historical route called Texas Pioneer Trail covering a
Bed and breakfast guest cottages
are available in town and surrounding areas. Information
may be obtained by writing the chamber of commerce at PO
Box 217, Fayetteville, TX 78940, or by calling the museum
telephone number below.
Fayetteville Area Museum-
Situated in a turn-of-the-century
building on the old courthouse square. A quaint museum,
with German-Czech heritage, features miscellanea from
Baca Band memorabilia to early kitchen and drug store
items. Open Sunday afternoons spring and fall, other
times by appointment; just off Texas 159. (409)378-2231