The two buildings that now house the Wildfire Restaurant were originally constructed circa 1920 on the site where the City Hotel stood in the late 1890s. Their history is as varied as the history of American business itself. Over the past 80-plus years, these walls have housed a clothing store, a Piggly Wiggly Grocery, Peasley’s Meat Market, Lawhon & Anderson Air Conditioning and Electrical, a Sears and Roebuck Catalog Store and then business offices. More recently, it was a ladies apparel and gift shop until the current owner, Bill Cox, opened the Wildfire Restaurant with his sister. Subsequently, they also opened the Lockett Banquet Facility in the nearby M. B. Lockett Building that was constructed circa 1890. Both locations offer private dining room accommodations for groups, while the Wildfire is a regular walk-in restaurant.
While it may seem unique to have two historic buildings still standing and in use in close proximity, in Georgetown it is the rule rather than the exception. Once home to roving bands of Tonkawa indians and meeting site to Sam Houston and his governing peers, Georgetown’s history is as interesting as it is varied. Situated on the Chisholm Trail along the edge of the gently rollin chill country just north of Austin, Georgetown was formally established more than 150 years ago. The year was 1848. Washington Anderson and a crew of men were charged with selecting the site for a new county seat. While relaxing under a large shade tree, Anderson’s cousin and major landowner, George Washington Classcock, Sr., rode up. Anderson volunteered a quick solution to his problem and said, “George, if you’ll give us all the land between here and the San Gabriel River, we’ll make this the country seat and name it after you.” His cousin promptly agreed, donating 173 acres to create what is now Georgetown.
Known for its fastidiously preserved past, Georgetown is now a town of 30,000. Victorian-era downtown storefronts, antique streetlights and brick walks line its shaded downtown streets. More than 180 National Register Historic homes and buildings showcase its electic blend of past and present. Popular attractions, lively festivals and numerous waterside parks lend a special sense of adventure to Georgetown’s charm. From the Historic Courthouse Square, to the Belford Districts full of turn-of-the-century homes, to the University district that encompasses Texas’s oldest university, Southwestern University, Georgetown offers a “Sunday buffet” every day to history buffs. Visit Georgetown in December for the “It’s a Wonderful Life” Christmas Stroll, and you will discover “the way Christmas is supposed to be.”