Robertson Plantation

By: Mark Odintz

Type: General Entry

Published: June 1, 1995

Updated: July 26, 2016

The Robertson Plantation, located west of Salado in Bell County, was built between 1856 and 1860 by Elijah Sterling Clack Robertson. In the early 1990s it was a rare example of an antebellum Texas plantation complex, including the house, slave quarters, land, family cemetery, and stables, and was still a working ranch. The plantation house was built in the Classical Revival style and shows Palladian influence in its recessed porches and gallery rooms, which form terminal pavilions balancing a central gabled portico. The plantation was listed in the Historic American Buildings Survey of 1936, received a Texas Centennial marker that same year, and became a Texas historic landmark in 1967. It was also in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Marker Files, Texas Historical Commission, Austin. James Wright Steely, comp., A Catalog of Texas Properties in the National Register of Historic Places (Austin: Texas Historical Commission, 1984).

  • Agriculture
  • Plantations
  • Architecture
  • Houses, Mansions, and Plantations
Time Periods:
  • Antebellum Texas

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June 1, 1995
July 26, 2016