Leander to create plan to preserve Historic Bryson Farmstead

Leander Bryson farmstead
The Bryson family constructed a house on the property. The original house was built of rock from the San Gabriel River and Jenks Branch, and shingles came from Bastrop as well as cedar logs. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The Bryson family constructed a house on the property. The original house was built of rock from the San Gabriel River and Jenks Branch, and shingles came from Bastrop as well as cedar logs. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

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A historical marker shares background information on the Bryson Farmstead, which was built in 1872. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
A project to create a preservation plan for the historic Bryson Farmstead will aim to improve the property so it may serve as a public destination, according to the city of Leander.

Leander City Council approved a $70,000 agreement for a preservation plan for the farmstead as well as architectural and engineering services with Fisher Heck Architects. The service period is four months, according to city documents.

Public input via stakeholder meetings will collect ideas on amenities and alternative uses for the property, according to the city. Results will be shared to the city council.

The 6-acre farmstead is located near the intersection of 183A Toll and San Gabriel Parkway. The farmstead was built in 1872 by J.C. and Nancy Bryson, who were in one of the founding families of the Leander area.

City Council accepted the property deed in 2019, and plans to develop a farmstead master plan restarted after stalling in 2013, according to previous Community Impact Newspaper reporting. The city is not currently using the property.


The city is also working to redevelop another historic Leander home—the Davis House in Old Town Leander. Potential uses for one of Leander’s oldest standing homes include a brewpub and restaurant, according to city plans. Leander also completed renovations on the 1860s-era Mason Homestead in 2013.

By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. Taylor has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.



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