It’s been said that to know where you are headed, you must first understand your past. Thanks to Bryden Moon and Jerry Jones, we now have more insight on the “past” here at Cordillera Ranch and that will help us in planning the future. In this issue of Cordillera Ranch Living, the article “History Lessons” reveals some stories and images of two old school houses that served kids as far back as the late 1800’s.

History seemingly resonates from the hundred-year-old oak trees and limestone canyons in this area. In previous articles, we have chronicled historical post offices that were once on the property, the general store just outside our front gate (recently featured on Texas Country Reporter), and the Georg House, which is a unique old settlers home built in 1872 and still stands today behind the ladies 9th tee box on the golf course (the Georg’s were quite the visionaries, picking up such prime front frontage real estate back then).

For us, understanding and embracing that history and the significance of the settlers hundreds of years before us is a passion that we try to integrate into the design of a community that carefully preserves heritage wherever possible. Though that might not sound like a typical real estate developer core value, history and, particularly its preservation, is in our blood. Something you may not know: my dad’s dad served as the first Executive Director of what later would become the Texas Historical Commission. Those genetics, combined with decades of first-hand experiences on the old El Max Ranch (the original ranch that became part of Cordillera Ranch), influence the drive for preserving the character and history of this community. It’s what has driven us to painstakingly land plan around landmarks like the Georg House or the old “stage coach” house on Swede Springs, as well as the many elements of natural historical significance hidden in plain sight throughout this area. Some of this history is even preserved in the facilities at the Equestrian Center (fortunately for Mac Northington, those walls can’t talk).

So as you cruise through the community, take notice of the purposeful preservation of the history and character of the ranch. Think back on what it was like to try to be a farmer on 315 acres of remote land where Mr. Georg settled — before there was a beverage cart that would cruise by his back porch periodically. Consider the 2.5 mile Shetland pony ride to a school house no bigger than your pool cabana.

Now, soak in all the natural beauty of Cordillera Ranch but with today’s modern conveniences. As always, enjoy the read and have a safe summer!


Charlie Hill

Special thanks to Bryden Moon and Jerry Jones for the contributions to the “History Lessons” article in this issue.

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