West Columbia, Texas
Archaeology, Cemetery, Culture, History, Historic House
Miss Ima Hogg, last private owner of the site, conceived turning the site into a museum in the early 1930s. In 1958, she donated the plantation house and grounds to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; 11 years later, she donated the artifacts collections as well. The site was christened Varner-Hogg Plantation after the first and last owners of the land. Miss Hogg remained involved with the site until her death in 1975.
San Antonio, Texas
Culture, General, History, Historic House
Villa Finale was the home of Walter Mathis, a leading preservationist in San Antonio, Texas. Walter Mathis is widely recognized as the catalyst for the revitalization of the King William neighborhood, now a National Register Historic District. In addition to his work in King William, Walter Mathis was an advocate for city and statewide historic preservation, as well as a civic and cultural leader.