Round Top, Texas

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Round Top, Texas
Restored drug store of Edward Henkel, the town's first mayor
Restored drug store of Edward Henkel, the town's first mayor
Motto: "Artful Escape"
Location of Round Top, Texas
Location of Round Top, Texas
Fayette County RoundTop.svg
Coordinates: 30°3′54″N 96°41′48″W / 30.06500°N 96.69667°W / 30.06500; -96.69667Coordinates: 30°3′54″N 96°41′48″W / 30.06500°N 96.69667°W / 30.06500; -96.69667
Country United States
State Texas
County Fayette
 • Total 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 • Land 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 440 ft (134 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 77
 • Density 80.6/sq mi (31.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 78954, 78961
Area code(s) 979
FIPS code 48-63524[1]
GNIS feature ID 1380945[2]
Website Round Top, Texas

Round Top is a town in Fayette County, Texas, United States. The population was 80 at the 2010 census.


As a part of the Stephen F. Austin colony, James Winn acquired 4,428 acres (17.9 km2; 6.9 sq mi) in 1831; the present townsite was included in this tract. Named after early settlers, specifically Nathaniel Townsend (whose original house still exists as the Texana Lodge) the town was known as Townsend; later it was renamed Round Top, since the postmaster lived in a house with a round tower.[3] Portions of Nassau Plantation were purchased by the Adelsverein, and settlement by German immigrants began 1845 to 1847; these settlers began buying up the local farms and the town lots.

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church is the oldest active Lutheran church in Fayette County. Round Top is also the smallest incorporated town in Texas with a full service public library, the Round Top Family Library; and the smallest incorporated town in Texas with a Local Historic District, Land Use and Architectural controls. Town of Round Top


Round Top is located at 30°3′54″N 96°41′48″W / 30.06500°N 96.69667°W / 30.06500; -96.69667 (30.065060, -96.696614).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land.


Round Top, Texas: Festival Hill Concert Hall

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 90 people, 43 households, and 22 families residing in the town. The population density was 80.6 people per square mile (31.0/km²). There were 58 housing units at an average density of 60.7 per square mile (23.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.70% White, 1.30% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.19% of the population.

There were 43 households out of which 9.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.8% were non-families. 44.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 37.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.79 and the average family size was 2.41.

In the town the population was spread out with 10.4% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 25 to 44, 37.7% from 45 to 64, and 40.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females there were 57.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.3 males. The median income for a household in the town was $43,125, and the median income for a family was $50,625. Males had a median income of $42,500 versus $41,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,488. There were no families and 4.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 6.1% of those over 64.

Arts and culture[edit]

Round Top is the home of three visitor-drawing programs:

Round Top is also the home of the oldest building in Fayette County, Moore's Fort, which was moved there from nearby La Grange.


The Town of Round Top is served by the Round Top-Carmine Independent School District.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Rotsch, Melvin (June 1972). "Bethlehem Lutheran Church, White Street, Round Top, Fayette County, TX" (DATA PAGES). Historic American Buildings Survey. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "The Original Round Top Antiques Fair". The Original Round Top Antiques Fair. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 

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