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Calvert, Tx ~ Historic Buildings District + Pictures of Historic Cemetery

Updated on August 22, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Virginia Field Park in Calvert, Texas

Virginia Field Park
Virginia Field Park | Source

Beyond Main Street

If you missed reading the other post regarding the terrific stores and eateries on Main Street in Calvert, Texas, the link is at the bottom of this page.

Lisa (my fellow traveling companion) and I wanted to see more of what makes Calvert such a special place when wishing to see Texas sites of interest..

Using a little brochure sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce which had a map on one side we were able to follow the self-guided driving tour which showcases many sites of interest.

Within a small and limited area one is introduced to many locations which have plaques identifying these sites as deserving of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Calvert, Texas / Virginia Field Park
Calvert, Texas / Virginia Field Park | Source

Virginia Field Park

This gorgeous green space within the Historic District of Calvert originated in 1868 as a donation for park space from the Houston and Texas Central Railroad.

The proximity of the railroad is one of the reasons that Calvert thrived in its heyday.

One can just imagine the many concerts that have been performed through the years since the large red roofed pavilion and the 2 smaller gazebos were built in 1895.

In 1937 the large pavilion was named in honor of an admired landscaper, Mrs. Virginia Field, and carries her name to this day. It has been the site of many different gatherings in the past and is probably well utilized today and should be enjoyed long into the future.

Calvert, Texas Cemetery
Calvert, Texas Cemetery | Source

Calvert Cemetery

There are many different cemeteries in and around Calvert, but the large spectacular one in the Historic District is simply named after the town.

Dating from 1870 it is filled with gorgeous monuments one prettier than the next.

Lisa and I both like visiting cemeteries so this was "right up our alley!" Unfortunately due to recent torrential rains that had been in that area, mosquitoes that had hatched were hungry and we provided some live bait for them. So pictures were hastily taken and we retreated before we had provided too much of a feast for the flying insects.

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Angel monuments in Calvert CemeteryClose-up of one of the two shown aboveAngel monument in Calvert CemeteryAngel monument in Calvert CemeteryAngel monument in Calvert Cemetery
Angel monuments in Calvert Cemetery
Angel monuments in Calvert Cemetery | Source
Close-up of one of the two shown above
Close-up of one of the two shown above | Source
Angel monument in Calvert Cemetery
Angel monument in Calvert Cemetery | Source
Angel monument in Calvert Cemetery
Angel monument in Calvert Cemetery | Source
Angel monument in Calvert Cemetery
Angel monument in Calvert Cemetery | Source

More Monuments

Here is a sampling of some others in the Calvert Cemetery...

Note the beautiful gate enclosing one plot within the cemetery in this first photo. It has 2 sheep resting in the shade beneath the weeping branches of a tree.

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Beautiful iron gate with tree and sheep Beautiful Calvert Cemetery These children's lives were brief One of several Woodmen Monuments in Calvert Cemetery Beautiful Calvert Cemetery Beautiful Calvert Cemetery
Beautiful iron gate with tree and sheep
Beautiful iron gate with tree and sheep | Source
Beautiful Calvert Cemetery
Beautiful Calvert Cemetery | Source
These children's lives were brief
These children's lives were brief | Source
One of several Woodmen Monuments in Calvert Cemetery
One of several Woodmen Monuments in Calvert Cemetery | Source
Beautiful Calvert Cemetery
Beautiful Calvert Cemetery | Source
Beautiful Calvert Cemetery
Beautiful Calvert Cemetery | Source

Calvert Courthouse Historic marker

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The Hammond House

The Hammond House is now a Bed and Breakfast in the historic district of Calvert. This imposing building of all of them in the historic district probably has the most interesting history.

Originally it was going to be built as the County Seat Courthouse and jail. Because the county seat was moved to another location, it became a private residence. For a while it became a museum and it once again reverted into private ownership...now a B & B.

A day trip to Calvert from Houston, allowing for the approximate 4 hour round trip, does not allow much more than an overview.

Having spent most of our time on Main Street, exploring such places as Cocoamoda, Common Scents, The Eloia, Big Cedar Furniture and Zamykal kolaches (details and photos in the first post), and except for walking through the Calvert Cemetery offering our obviously tasty blood to the mosquitoes...we simply drove around taking photos of the other historic places.

I will share some more of the photos here.

The Hammond House in Calvert, Texas
The Hammond House in Calvert, Texas | Source

Sarah Palin and Larry King discuss The Hammond House in Calvert

The Parish House

This unique home was actually ordered from a mail order catalog and constructed in 1897.

It is a Queen Anne style and has since been converted into one of the Bed and Breakfast establishments within the Historic District of Calvert, Texas.

For some reason this decorated exterior reminds me of the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. The original architect of this style home certainly must have had fun in designing this!

If you wish to make reservations, here is the number to call: 979-364-3748.

The Parish House B & B in Calvert, Texas

Look at that interesting chimney on The Parish House B & B
Look at that interesting chimney on The Parish House B & B | Source

Here is another view of the Parish House Bed and Breakfast.

The Parish House Bed & Breakfast in Calvert, Texas

The Parish House Bed & Breakfast in Calvert, Texas
The Parish House Bed & Breakfast in Calvert, Texas | Source
Steps leading up to the Pin Oak B & B in Calvert, Texas
Steps leading up to the Pin Oak B & B in Calvert, Texas | Source

Pin Oak Bed and Breakfast

Located just across the street from the Virginia Field Park this Pin Oak home...now a Bed and Breakfast...is situated on a large tree shaded lot and has an interesting history.

Go to their website to read more about it and see some photos of the inside rooms. The library there is stunning!


It is easy to see why people would be tempted to want to stay in places this beautiful for a short (or even longer) vacation get-away destination.

The Pin Oak Bed and Breakfast in Calvert, Texas
The Pin Oak Bed and Breakfast in Calvert, Texas | Source

The Calvert Inn

This impressive home turned Bed and Breakfast used to be inhabited by people who reputedly owned the "largest cotton gin" in the world. The link to the right describes more of the history and shows many photos of the elegant rooms inside of this grand establishment.

Prepare yourself to be royally pampered!

Calvert sports one of the largest historic districts in the State of Texas. One imposing structure after another greets one's vision when walking or driving through these streets to the right of the downtown area.

The Calvert Inn in Calvert, Texas
The Calvert Inn in Calvert, Texas | Source

The Church of the Epiphany

This is an Episcopal Church and this is what is written on the official historic medallion affixed to the building:

"Originated June 6, 1870 by Bishop Gregg. Oldest church edifice erected in Calvert. Has been used continuously since parish was founded. Fine wood scroll work and lancet windows compliment the Victorian architecture. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967"

The Church of the Epiphany in Calvert, Texas
The Church of the Epiphany in Calvert, Texas | Source

The Barton Home

This historic sign was posted outside of the fencing surrounding the Barton Home.

It certainly appears to be a solidly built as well as a beautiful home as viewed from the street.

The concrete posts were also outside of the decorative iron fencing.

Through the years these were probably often used as hitching posts where people tied up their horses while visiting the family inside of this homestead.

These same concrete posts are seen elsewhere in Calvert's Historic District.

The Barton Home in Calvert, Texas
The Barton Home in Calvert, Texas | Source

The Barton Home in Calvert, TX

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Hitch your horses to this post
Hitch your horses to this post | Source

Below is a sampling of other sites Lisa and I saw that day while driving through the residential section of Calvert's Historic District.

Obviously there is much more to see but this will give readers an impression of just how pretty this town is if one gets off of the Main Street (Highway 6) which is a primary passageway in this part of Texas.

Sampling of some of the grand houses to be found in Calvert, Texas

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Obviously this grand ediface needs a little TLC
Obviously this grand ediface needs a little TLC | Source
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Note the hitching posts!
Note the hitching posts! | Source
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A surprise!  There were several of these birds in one of the yards.
A surprise! There were several of these birds in one of the yards. | Source

Back to Main Street

I'll leave you with some final photos taken on Main Street in Calvert, Texas.

Lisa and I truly enjoyed our day trip to that locale and hope to return someday and see more of what Calvert has to offer.

Hopefully you enjoyed this second article about Calvert, Texas and learned something about the history and all the many things that can be done for pleasure while viewing these pictures and reading a bit more about this unique historic town.

Some final images from Main Street in Calvert, Texas...

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Remnants of an old building now supporting ivy Lisa looking at more of that building covered with vegetation Many old buildings dating back to the 1800's Images from Main Street in Calvert, TXLovely decorated sidewalks on Main Street in Calvert                                                                                                                                                                               Images from Main Street in Calvert, TXImages from Main Street in Calvert, TXImages from Main Street in Calvert, TXJust love these old exterior walls!  Images from Main Street in Calvert, TX
Remnants of an old building now supporting ivy
Remnants of an old building now supporting ivy | Source
Lisa looking at more of that building covered with vegetation
Lisa looking at more of that building covered with vegetation | Source
Many old buildings dating back to the 1800's
Many old buildings dating back to the 1800's | Source
Images from Main Street in Calvert, TX
Images from Main Street in Calvert, TX | Source
Lovely decorated sidewalks on Main Street in Calvert
Lovely decorated sidewalks on Main Street in Calvert | Source
Images from Main Street in Calvert, TX
Images from Main Street in Calvert, TX | Source
Images from Main Street in Calvert, TX
Images from Main Street in Calvert, TX | Source
Images from Main Street in Calvert, TX
Images from Main Street in Calvert, TX | Source
Just love these old exterior walls!
Just love these old exterior walls! | Source
Images from Main Street in Calvert, TX
Images from Main Street in Calvert, TX | Source

Location of Calvert in Texas

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Located between many major cities, people visit from Austin, San Antonio, Waco, Dallas, Houston and more to see and visit this unique town.

Bottom of an old door and threshold seen in Calvert, Texas.
Bottom of an old door and threshold seen in Calvert, Texas. | Source

Do you think after reading part 1 and 2 regarding Calvert, Texas that you would like to visit there?

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kathie,

      Thanks for adding that bit of information about the family ties to both places...Calvert, Texas and Chappell Hill, Texas. Both places have outstanding cemeteries as well as other points of interest. So glad that you liked these hubs. Appreciate your comment. Hope that you get to visit Calvert in the near future. Am sure that you will enjoy visiting there.

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      Kathie 5 years ago

      Peggy,

      What wonderful photography! I found the photos of the Masonic Cemetery in Chappell Hill, Texas and then came across your link to photos you have taken in Calvert, Texas. I have been to Chappell Hill but not Calvert, but need to put that in my plans. I think it is neat that two beautiful, historic Texas towns have a common family link. William Keesee, Sr., married to the daughter of Robert Wooding Chappell, namesake of Chappell Hill, had a sister, Mary Keesee, that was the wife of Robert Calvert, namesake of Calvert, Texas.

      Thanks for sharing your work.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bethany,

      Here is the Calvert Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.calverttx.com/

      Hopefully they can point you in the right direction to help your friend who wishes to get married there. Thanks for your inquiry and comment.

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      Bethany 5 years ago

      Can you tell me who my friend can call to reserve the Virginia Fields Gazebo for a wedding ceremony?

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Jean Norton,

      Very happy to hear that as a resident of Calvert, Texas, you found this hub to be of interest. The Hammond House certainly has an interesting history! Maybe next time we will have enough time to stop in for a look inside of your B & B. Thanks for the complimentary comment.

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      Jean Norton 7 years ago

      Wonderful display of the town of Calvert! I LOVE Cocoamoda and pleased to be married to the owner of the Hammond House. Beautiful photos.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello surf traveler,

      Like you, I was unfamiliar with Calvert, Texas also until my friend Lisa wanted to go there and check out the restaurant and chocolate factory, Cocoamoda, which I wrote about in part 1. It is a unique and historic town filled with all kinds of notable and historic sites and a pleasure to visit. Thanks for the comment.

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      surf traveler 7 years ago

      Great photo's. The monuments were works of art, as was the Parish House B & B. I hadn't heard of Calvert Texas until I found your hub. The architecture in the town is incredible. Thanks.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky Dee,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this look at Calvert, Texas including the cemetery. It is a spectacular one with a great number of beautiful memorial grave markers. Thanks for the visit.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very, very nice! I loved the cemetery too. There are so many interesting grave! I love your photos.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello exlunlimit,

      Since you love historic bed and breakfast places, Calvert, Texas is one place to think about visiting in the future. Happy to be able to introduce them to you!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Regis,

      I'll admit, summers can be sizzling hot down here but then when the northern climates are covered in snow and ice, our weather is quite nice. I've lived in both places...and with the air conditioning, I'll take the south for full time living. (Smile) Thanks for commenting on the Calvert, Texas hub. Did you have time to get out of Austin and visit Calvert?

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      exlunlimit 7 years ago

      I love historic bed and breakfasts. Great photos!!!

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      Regis 7 years ago

      Several years ago, I flew to Austin, Texas to the place where THE OCULI INCIDENT and THE ISLAND OFF STONY POINT would be published.

      I had worked hard writing these books and the folks in Austin who were publishing both were most helpful.

      However, I do remember renting a BLACK suv at the airport, and wondering how long it would take for the AC to win the battle between Austin's heat and the interior of that vehicle.

      Austin, I love your city but I'm glad I live in Pittsburgh where our summers are not so hellish!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi billyaustindillon,

      Thanks for viewing and commenting on this part 2 of Calvert, Texas. The pictures really do tell a story of great wealth in the past...the homes...the monuments in the cemetery, etc. Now Calvert is a charming town with Bed and Breakfast places, stores that are being updated with renovations and new ownership to draw people from all parts of the State of Texas. Yet it still keeps its charm from the past.

      I agree with you that the chimney on the Parish House is certainly unique! The Hammond House looked fort-like to me. Thanks again for the compliment on this hub.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      The beautiful old mansions are superb, you do a magnificent job capturing everything on offer Peggy. The photography and the way you represent the tour. For mine I really liked the Parish house chimney was indeed unique and very cool. The HAmmond house looked very Tudorish (is that a word?). Cemeteries really do tell a history don't they - when you are younger they scared the living daylight out of you when you get older you realize the stories and family lives and history the represent. Thanks for a wonderful hub Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Nera Woods,

      Ah...so you appreciate cemeteries also! I love visiting them and so does my friend Lisa. The one in Calvert is spectacular! So happy to hear that you enjoyed this view of Calvert, Texas. Be sure and visit the first hub to get more a complete picture if you did not do that already. Thanks for the compliment on my picture taking ability and also thanks for your comment.

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      Nera Woods 7 years ago

      So beautiful photos, especially those of the cemeteries. There's something in old cemeteries that gets to the soul. They evoke deep emotions. Similarly with historic homes. You take beautiful pictures, Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      I know. Most cemetery monuments are rather plain and simple as compared to what was created in the past by people wealthy enough to have them made. This Calvert cemetery is FILLED with gorgeous ones! Believe me...there is only a sampling of them in this hub. My friend Lisa likes the angel ones...so I concentrated on showing more of those in this hub.

      The houses well show that people in that area used to make a lot of money primarily from the cotton trade. There is also only a sampling of them here. Some smaller Victorian homes are also gorgeous.

      Both part 1 and part 2 of the Calvert, Texas hubs were getting long. But at least people can have an idea of what they would see if visiting in person. This...and much more! Thanks for the comment.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      What fabulous houses. They evoke such a feeling of time gone by. Cemetary monuments are rare these days but there are some lovely old ones in the UK still

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello jill of alltrades,

      Thanks for your compliments on the artistically presented views of Calvert, Texas. There is much beauty there as well as history. Hope you get to see it in person someday.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed seeing more of Calvert in this part 2 hub. My friend Lisa and I talked just yesterday and we would both like to go back and see more. She might see about possibly spending some time in one of those B & B's with her husband. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      Oh Peggy, you make me want to visit the place! It's so full of interesting places to see. You really did a great job here. Your photos are so beautiful and inviting! Very artistically presented too!

      Thanks for sharing Peggy!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Peggy, for giving me such a treat. I love, love these style of houses. You have certainly excelled yourself this time.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      So nice to hear from you suny51, and thank you for the compliments on this Calvert, Texas hub. I always enjoy taking photos to accompany my hubs and so nice to hear that you enjoy them.

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      suny51 7 years ago

      Hello Peggy- I love your work for the shades of artistic touch that you provide to it and this is making me feel like rushing to my Picasa album to search for some thing.Thank you for sharing some great work as good as you always do.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mike,

      There is something really peaceful about cemeteries and the old monuments in particular are so interesting...at least to those of us who appreciate them. Some show such grandeur and others while they may be simple have such endearing inscriptions. Each person's life bears a story and some of those headstones shed some light upon that person's life...even if only the dates that they lived.

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed these pictures taken in Calvert, Texas. It is quite an interesting place! Thanks for the visit.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      You are always so complimentary and I appreciate it. If you ever come to Texas there is so much that will capture your attention and please you. Let me know. Perhaps I can make recommendations. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello nifty@50,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed my pictures of the visit to historic Calvert, Texas. Have camera...will travel! Ha!

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Hi, Peggy! This was another terrific look through the eyes of your camera lens. I also appreciate cemeteries, so I found the pictures you took before the mosquitoes got you to be amazing. (There was a cemetery behind my parents' back yard when I was growing up, so I learned to enjoy them, I guess.)

      The homes now serving as a bed and breakfast were beautiful as well. Thanks for sharing so many great photos of your travels.

      Mike

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey Candie,

      What can I say? My friend and I love visiting cemeteries! If the mosquitoes had not been so furious and blood-letting...I could have done an entire hub about that beautiful cemetery. Not sure what kind of birds those were...but don't think that they were the typical Thanksgiving fare. Glad you found humor and still liked this hub about Calvert, Texas. Hey Dept. of Tourism.....Candie says that I am ready... I really like exploring these places! :-)

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow....I can't say anything, Peggy. This hub was beautiful. I found great combination about history of beautiful places and amazing pictures. You have it all, my friend. I really enjoy this hub. Thumbs up for you. I vote up this hub. Thank you very much. If I have a chance, I'll go to Texas someday. I hope you always healthy. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      You really have a gift for photography! Great hub!

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Hahahaha! Cemetery, Cemetery, House, House, Turkey!

      You should be getting paid by the Texas Dept of Tourism! Another beautiful hub on Calvert, Texas! Thanks Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      Actually you would probably do well in Calvert, Texas regarding "stamina" as it is such a small town. Gorgeous big homes (mansions) but in a small area. And the downtown (Main Street) is only several blocks long.

      I too remember a bandshell in a park in Wisconsin when I was a child and have seen similar things in a few places when traveling. This main pavilion in the Virginia Field Park in Calvert is very large. The people who live there must love it!

      Thanks for the first comment.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Peggy W

      My own photography hasa gotten pretty rusty and I need to relearn. I think you do good on your pictures of building which are hard to keep in perspective.I like the gazebo or bandstand. It may be just the subject matteer, but I remebeer when small towns had them. I can't recall if there were still concerts or not.

      I love the whole idea of concerets and plays in the parks. In the early 1960's that was in vogue in Minneapolis (and I presume) other places. They seem to disappear, some I think to vandalism.

      Calvert looks like an interesting place to see, but also would be a challenge to my stamina.