THE MARY CHRISTIAN
HELP US SAVE MARY'S HOMESTEAD, THE ORIGINAL ELGIN INSTITUTION
A group of everyday folks just like you are working together to preserve the oldest home in Elgin and an invaluable piece of Texas history.
Our goal is to turn the homestead into a community center, cultural space, and an event rental that encourages stay and play visitors in Elgin and funds the organization.
The 1847 homestead is a symbol of Mary Christian Burleson's enduring legacy and with your help we can tell the story of this land and all its people. Help us bring the story to life.
For over 170 years, long before there was a City of Elgin, Mary Christian Burleson's homestead has stood on the edge of the frontier but fully entrenched in history. As one of the earliest settlers in this area, Mary managed the homestead and raised a family that would go on to be pivotal in Texas' and our nation's history.
Throughout the years, the MCB Homestead has sheltered families and kept watch over Elgin but now it's our turn to repay the favor. With your help, we can restore the house and grounds so Mary's legacy can continue to stand the test of time. Donate today.
In 2015, the Homestead and the 1-acre upon which it sits were donated to the MCB Foundation. The land surrounding the 1-acre is being developed.
The restoration cost is being supported by the Texas Historical Commission, local Elgin leaders, businesses and foundations, and individual donations from folks like you.
We hope you'll scroll down this page to see our upcoming events and make a donation. See you soon!
With architectural drawings in hand, funding secured, and an amazing community behind us, we are excited to embark on the construction phase of the Homestead Restoration Project.
To meet our goals, we'll need the help of great people like you for all tasks, large and small. To volunteer with us, click here to fill out a short form.
We can't wait until we are able to open our doors as a museum, cultural center, and event space celebrating the legacy of Mary Christian Burleson, adding to the history of Texas, and keeping Elgin a wonderful place to live and visit. Donate today.