Area History

Chartered in 1870, Round Top is located on Cummins Creek in northern Fayette County. The town is said to have received its name from "the house with the round top", an early stagecoach mileage designation that, at the time, was located about a mile northeast of the town's present site.

The first settlers were prosperous Anglo-American plantation owners who came here as early as 1826 and were active in political and military affairs. By the late 1840s, German immigrants settled here, leaving their indelible cultural imprint on the region's landscape.

The original 1880s courthouse in Round Top burned in 1924 and was rebuilt at the present location on the town square.

Residents have always taken pride in the care and preservation of their town. Those who have relocated here from places more metropolitan have learned to treasure this pocket of rural tranquility. Today, Round Top has found new supporters, who along with life-long residents and those descended from the earliest settlers, are working to preserve this unique living legacy.

For more information on Round Top's interesting history, visit the Round Top Historical Society Museum just off the square on Hwy. 237.