Among the early settlers there in the 1840′s were Taylor Smith, Greenleaf Fisk, and U.H. Anderson. Families named Bryson, Poole, and Spencer arrived in the early 1850′s from Tennessee, Arkansas, and the Carolina’s.
In 1853 a post office was opened three miles west of the present townsite. William Oliver Spencer was appointed postmaster and suggested the name Liberty Hill. The town moved eastward twice before 1882 in response to relocations of the post office and a local stage stop. When the Austin and Northwestern Railroad bypassed Liberty Hill in 1882, the settlement shifted again. It’s population began to grow, and the 1884 chartering of Liberty Normal and Business College there soon added a student population as well.
Nevertheless, the town remained small, never (through 1990) reporting a population of more than 500. The area’s economy during the 1980′s was primarily agricultural, though local growth was increasing as workers moved to the community and commuted to jobs elsewhere. During the mid 1980′s the towns population was estimated at 300, though at that time the school enrollment there exceeded 850. In the early 1990′s the community continued to report a population of 300, with fifty-five rated businesses.
Liberty Hill ISD Goals
Goal #1: Educators will be full partners with parents and the community in the education of their children.
Goal #2: Students
will be encouraged
to meet their full
Goal #4: A well-balanced and appropriate curriculum will be provided to all students. Students will be taught language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, health, physical education, and technological literacy. Emphasis will be on developing critical thinking skills, problem solving strategies, and a lifelong love of learning.
Goal #5: Qualified and highly effective personnel will be recruited, developed, and retained so that all students are taught by highly qualified teachers.
Goal #6: Students
comparison to state
Goal #12: Age appropriate career education will be provided to all students, and students will be encouraged to pursue education or training after high school.
The Liberty Hill Independent is a weekly newspaper serving the Liberty Hill area in northwestern Williamson County and the Bertram community in eastern Burnet County. It is published every Thursday from our offices at 14251 W. SH 29, Suite B, in Liberty Hill, Texas, 78642.