The Columbus Historical Preservation Trust is dedicated to the preservation of the history and culture of Columbus, TX. It is our unique heritage that makes Columbus a special place to live. CHPT strives to keep that history alive.

PRESERVING HISTORY

Historic Properties

1886 Stafford Opera House

The 1886 Stafford Opera House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. When it was originally built in 1886 by cattleman R. E. Stafford, the R. E. Stafford Bank and Opera House housed a bank and dry goods store on the first floor and theater venue on the second floor. The Stafford Opera House is the largest flat-floored opera house in Texas and is the only flat-floored opera house still in existence in the state.

Alley Log Cabin and Antique Tool Museum

The Alley Log Cabin is a two-room oak log cabin and was built in 1836 by Abraham “Abram” and Nancy Alley. According to family history, the cabin was sided with pine lumber
floated by raft from a large sawmill in Bastrop in the early 1850s. The cabin stood on its original site from 1836 until 1976 when it was moved to Columbus and restored. The Antique Tool Museum opened in 1996. The small framed building that sits behind the log cabin was originally a store that sold school supplies and snacks to school children.

Santa Claus Museum

The Santa Claus Museum was created in memory of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hopkins, an avid collector of Santas of every shape and size. The museum opened in 1990 and is a one-of-a-kind destination. It houses three major collections featuring almost 3,000 Santas including figurines, music boxes, dolls, dishes, ornaments, artwork, needlework, and photos from all over the world. The Santa Claus Museum brings joy to all who seek the Christmas Spirit.

Dilue Rose Harris House Museum

Dilue Rose is best known for her book Reminiscences, in which she tells of her family’s close acquaintance with the several leaders of the Texas Revolution and recounts her journey during the Runaway Scrape. Dilue married Ira Harris in 1839 and they moved to Columbus in 1845. They built their modest “tabby” home in 1858 and lived in it with their nine children. In 1988-1989 the Dilue Rose Harris House was converted into a museum. It is furnished with early Victorian walnut and Texas pine pieces, many belonging to families from the Columbus area.

BUILDING COMMUNITY

Upcoming Events

Annual Membership Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the members of Columbus Historical Preservation Trust will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, as provided in Article IX of the Bylaws of the organization....

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Stafford Opera House – Buddy Rau Room, 425 Spring Street
Columbus, TX 78934 United States
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CHPT Lecture Series: Broadway Musicals

Join CHPT on Friday, September 24 for the return of the Lecture Series. Debra Dickinson, Professor of Opera Studies at Rice University, will present a fascinating talk on Broadway musicals,...

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Stafford Opera House, 425 Spring Street
Columbus, TX 78934 United States
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2021 History Forum and LAR Preservation Award Presentation

Two family names have come to be associated with the violence that plagued Colorado County, Texas, for decades after the end of the Civil War: the Townsends and the Staffords....

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Stafford Opera House – Buddy Rau Room, 425 Spring Street
Columbus, TX 78934 United States
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GET INVOLVED

Membership Information

Individual Member

$ 50
  • Vote at Annual Meeting
  • Membership pin
  • 10% off Stafford Opera House rentals (includes the Buddy Rau Room)
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Couple Membership

$ 75
  • Vote at Annual Meeting
  • Two membership pins
  • 10% off Stafford Opera House rentals (includes the Buddy Rau Room)
Join

Benefactor

$ 250
  • Vote at Annual Meeting
  • Membership pin
  • 15% off Stafford Opera House rentals (includes the Buddy Rau Room)
Join

Patron/Corporate Member

$ 500
  • Vote at Annual Meeting
  • Two membership pins
  • 10% off event tickets
  • 20% off Stafford Opera House rentals (includes the Buddy Rau Room)
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Host your event at the beautiful 1886 Stafford Opera House. With two spaces available, we can accommodate events large or small.

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