robertelee

ROBERT E. LEE HOUSE
525 S. Main
Library File #88

ID# 42007 ORIGINAL USE: Home PRESENT USE: Vacant CURRENT OWNER: Lloyd Voight
OWNERS: :John O'Grady in 1859. Dedeker, Harkreader, Stotts, Michael Schoch LOCATION: Loe Addition Lot: #1 DATE: c1870 Style/Period: German Pioneer HISTORICAL DESIGNATION: Yes. Medallion
BUILDER: unknown CONSTRUCTED OF: Limestone; metal roof; 6x6 windows CONDITION: Fair DESCRIPTION: The medallion was stolen and has never been replaced. It is said that this building, which is all that is left of a large complex of buildings, was the place that Robert E. Lee would stay on trips while travelling between camps.

HISTORY: John G. O'Grady came from Westport,Ireland and settled on the south bank of the Cibolo Creek on the fringe of the settlement of Boerne, Texas. The land was bought on May 10, 1859. The old government trail between San Antonio and the Forts of McKavitt, Concho and Mason passed by his front door. This building is all that is left of the original buildings. Robert E. Lee is said to have stayed here when on trips between Camp Verde and Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio. Merrill Bishop and Joseph Roemer writing in "The Gentleman Commander" quote him at dinner here in the 1860s.
O'Grady was a government contractor,supplying feed for the government teams which plied the old trail. He was an Indian fighter and participated in the last Indian fights in the neighborhood of Boerne and Sisterdale. During the years of 1866 to 1869 he was Postmaster of Boerne.
The O'Grady's opened a stage station here where travelers could dine or stay overnight.

Source: Boerne Public Library files.

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