Hamilton Historic Main Street
What is Main Street?
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) designated Hamilton as an official Texas Main Street community in 2020. The Texas Main Street program is part of the Community Heritage Development Division of the THC and focuses on the Four Point Approach of organization, economic development, design, and promotion with community involvement and volunteer support. Hamilton Historic Main Street is among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
Hamilton Historic Main Street falls under the Economic Development Corporation and is supported by a working advisory board and a team of volunteers. We work closely with business and property owners, governments, residents and volunteers to focus on projects that encourage the ongoing revitalization of downtown Hamilton.
To learn more, take a look at the Hamilton Historic Main Street Brochure
Download the PDF version of the 2022 Walking Tour Brochure
Four Point Approach in Action
Our Design Committee is led by Advisory Board Kim Cooper.
The focus is to help preserve and enhance the physical elements within our Main Street District.
Some of our successful projects this year have included completing an inventory of all properties within the Main Street District and creating a Hamilton webpage within DowntownTX.org, a Texas Main Street website. Recently, we have added 6 new light poles and banners to Bell and Henry Street and re potted the flower pots with vibrant flowers for the Summer time. We have also been working with local property owners and Texas Main Street on planning building rehabilitation and beautification projects.
Property owners in the district can benefit from the Texas Main Street Design Assistance. To participate, please complete the attached form and send to the Main Street Manager to receive recommendations for your building's rehabilitation where you can learn the history and unique architectural details of your building that can be showcased to suit your budget.
Our Economic Vitality Committee is led by Advisory Board member Mary Owen.
The focus is to work with Hamilton EDC and identified new market opportunities for the district, redefine our district niche, and sharpen the competitiveness of our existing businesses while nurturing new enterprises. For example, please see our list of strategy ideas and social media tips that business owners may find helpful in strengthening their sustainability.
Some of our successful projects this year have included exploring business catalyst opportunities for the EDC building, applying for many grants to upgrade the Pecan Creek park, and assisting with the Imagine the Possibilities tour to attract new businesses.
Our Organization Committee is led by Advisory Board members Ashley Adams, along with Ex Officio members Ryan Polster.
The focus is to help network with other organizations and grow our community volunteer base, as we establish community priorities.
Some of our successful projects this year have included monthly newsletter, nominating a new board member, and networking to community organizations and explain the purpose of Main Street.
Our Promotions Committee is led by Advisory Board membersAlicia Stephens and Rodney Craddick, along with Ex Officio member Kayla Schraub.
The focus is to help preserve our past while looking to the future, gathering information on our strengths and marketing them.
Some of our successful projects this year have included working on the Main Street Brochure (shown above) and the Imagine the Possibilities virtual tour.