San Marcos Like a Local

Heritage Tour of Distinction

April 3, 2014

Plans are well underway for the 39th annual Heritage Association of San Marcos’ Tour of Distinction to take place May 3rd and 4th in and around downtown San Marcos. The annual tour provides visitors the opportunity to explore several historically significant sites while learning about the rich cultural heritage of the city. “Grit and Grace” is the chosen theme of this year’s tour, which focuses on the history and locations chronicled by author Janet Woods Windle in her “True Women” series.

Activities during this year’s event include tours of four historic homes related to the Wood’s family, a book signing by the author, historic reenactments, talks on growing up in San Marcos and a street-side art fair.

The historic Hays County Jail, the recently renovated Cephas House and the new Eddie Durham Park will also be featured stops along the tour. A USO-style Jazz ensemble will provide entertainment as tour goers sip root beer floats in the park and listen to presentations in the nearby historic building. The historic Merriman Cabin will feature a reenactment of early San Marcos life by Wonderland School’s 4th and 5th grade classes.

Heritage Association of San Marcos is a non-profit organization founded and chartered in 1975 to support the preservation of buildings and perpetuate traditions which beautify and enrich the community life of San Marcos.

Tickets for the Home Tour will be on sale beginning April 1 at the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce at 202 N. C M Allen Parkway. Tickets will also be for sale on Fridays from 11-1p.m. during the Cottage Kitchen Friday Luncheons at the Charles S. Cock House at 400 E. Hopkins.  For more information about the annual Heritage Association of San Marcos Tours of Distinction, please visit