Williamson County

There's a wreath on the door…

Despite the “open” sign, the Taylor Cafe wasn’t open yesterday morning. (Due to the recent death of pitmaster Vencil Mares, who first opened back in 1948: https://www.taylorprovidencefuneralhome.com/ob…/vencil-mares) We stopped by so I could take some photos yesterday on the way to Austin from Thorndale. If you’d like to see one of my other “right-place-at-the-right-time” photos from …

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Vencil Mares+ (1923-2019)

For seventy-one years Vencil Mares arrived early in the morning at the Taylor Cafe (the red building on the left) where he greeted his customers and watched the trains roll by. Today, his spot was empty. This morning, he passed away at the age of ninety-six. This Texas Monthly interview from February 2014 is fantastic:https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/pitmaster-interview-vencil-mares-of-taylor-cafe/

The Beautiful Stained Glass of First Christian Church of Taylor, Texas

The stained glass windows in the First Christian Church building of Taylor, Texas (now United Christian Church) are simply fantastic! I haven’t seen windows quite like this anywhere else. The architect for the 1891 Gothic Revival building was E.S. Mackin (listed as “E.B. Mackin” on the historical marker). I haven’t been able to find much …

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