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TPWD News Release — Aug. 25, 2011

TPW Commission Okays Sebastopol House Transfer to Seguin

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday meeting in Austin put its stamp of approval on the transfer of Sebastopol House State Historic Site to the City of Seguin.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff have been working with Seguin officials for months to work out the transfer agreement for the 1856 Greek Revival home and 2.2-acre site acquired by TPWD in 1976 and opened to the public in 1989. The City of Seguin will assume daily management duties on Sept. 1 under a transfer agreement that ensures the site and its resources are protected.

Sebastopol House was one of seven TPWD state parks that the Legislative Budget Board suggested the agency consider transferring to local operation to address a reduction in state funding for FY2012-2013. Seguin officials took the initiative to maintain public access to this important part of their community’s history and will continue to provide public access and education at the site.

Sebastopol House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its unusual limecrete construction and architectural significance. The small urban park in the heart of Seguin features antique roses and 300-year-old live oaks.