A look into our past
“It has been said that, at it’s best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with present over a mutual concern for the future.”
– William murtagh
In January of 2022, Travis and Rebecca carved off their own piece of history with the purchase of Lot 1 Block 1, Original Comanche Block. The victorian building was once the First National Back of Comanche, and sits on the historic site where outlaw John Wesley Hardin shot Sheriff Webb in 1863. It is this piece of history which inspired the founding name of our wine brand the J.W. Hardin Wine Co.
At this location sits our historic preservation project in downtown Comanche, Texas. With two floors of striking architecture, Lot 1 Block 1 is ready to be restored with both nods to past and the present. Lot 1 Block 1 will undergo full renovation of both floors with the ground level focused on retail and on premise food and beverage service and the second level housing loft style overnight lodging.
Comanche, the town we call home is rich in history with native Americans, outlaws, agriculture, and now…Texas Wine. We strive to share a little bit of that history and heritage with every glass we pour and every customer we greet.
The first vineyard in the United States of America was planted near El Paso, Texas in 1662; paving the way for the North American Wine industry as we know it.
Being on the Texas frontier and in the heart of Comanche territory it took a certain breed of people with pioneering spirit to be able to settle here in central Texas. The town of Comanche was established in 1856 and incorporated in 1858.
Notorious outlaw, John Wesley Hardin shoots and kills the Brown County’s Sheriff in the lot outside of the Jack Wright Saloon, known as modern day Lot 1 Block 1 Original Comanche Block.
At the site of Lot 1 Block 1, Original Comanche Block the Comanche First National Bank is built. It is a two story victorian building with a turret, stained glass, and beautiful Queen Anne woodwork.
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