Lampasas Walks: Historic Downtown Lampasas
Matt and Rebecca Smith House 202 5th Street
As you walk, look out for a house on your right at number 202. You'll notice the design features on the house, like the scrolled brackets and a hipped roof with cross gables. When I recorded this tour, it was painted in historically accurate and vibrant colors -- green, purple and white, with a touch of red. I hope it is still painted like that today.
Madison "Matt" and Rebecca Wells Smith built this Queen Anne cottage in 1902. It has been beautifully restored to its former glory. Matt moved to Burnet County, Texas, as a young boy. He married Rebecca in 1891.
Matt served as a deputy sheriff before the couple moved to Lampasas in 1896. They operated the Lampasas Hotel, a restaurant and saloon. Matt continued to work as a deputy sheriff and also as a deputy U.S. Marshal, and Rebecca was active socially and served on the Oak Hill Cemetery committee.