We had a magnificent ground breaking ceremony on May 20, 2017! The celebration was shared by about 40 supporters - some Elgin residents and some descendants both locals and out-of-towners. A Texas state flag was presented to descendants by State Representative John Cyrier and the flag will be flown over the homestead when construction is complete.
Speakers included Mayor Chris Cannon, former Mayor Marc Holm, Council member Sue Brashar, Donna Snowden, Angie Smith (descendant), Stan Graves (restoration manager with ARCHITEXAS), Renee Girling, Gigi Girling, Ava Cameron (Vice President), and Sue Beckwith (President).
The weather was beautiful and the storms held off - surely just for us! Bricks ordered so far were on display for members to see.
Now we start the restoration work! It's so very exciting to begin our work to restore this homestead of the "Grandmother of Elgin" Mary Christian Burleson.