It may be a bustling town now on the rise, but once upon a time, Flower Mound was known as “7 miles west of Lewisville.”
The latest 2013 speaker series presentation from the Denton County Office of History and Culture will give people insight into the town’s history from 1856 through its incorporation in 1960, led by longtime resident Jimmy Ruth Hilliard Martin.
The free presentation will be in the Commissioners Courtroom on the second floor of Denton’s Courthouse on the Square from noon to 1 p.m. today.
“I have a good grasp of what has been going on,” Martin said.
Martin said her maiden name was Hilliard, and that the Hilliards moved to Flower Mound in 1856. With her brother still living there, the Hilliards are the longest-tenured Flower Mound residents still living in the town.
“That’s not a record, but it’s a darn good average,” Martin said.
She said she will answer any questions people have or ones that they did not even know they had about the town’s history.
Martin was the author of a recent entry in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America book series, spotlighting towns across the country.
“Somehow or another they found out my name and called me and asked me if I would be interested in writing about Flower Mound,” Martin said. “I told them no, and they more or less insisted. They said ‘you have been there longer than everybody, you know more people, you know who to talk to, you can tell us things nobody knows.’ Finally I agreed to do that, then it turned into a labor of love.”
Martin said she spoke to people she had not seen or talked to in 50 years while writing the book. She intends to share that knowledge and history during today’s lecture.
One nugget Martin said she likes to mention is that the town of Flower Mound never actually owned the mound. It always has been in the hands of private owners and currently is in the hands of a nonprofit group called The Mound.
Peggy Riddle, director of the Denton County Office of History and Culture, said the lecture is another opportunity to highlight a Denton County community and the eponym of the town.
“Something I am hoping to encourage people to start looking at in our county is the preservation of urban or county landscapes — areas we need to be aware that may be a significant site in our county,” Riddle said. “This is a great opportunity for people to listen and learn, and maybe do some more research on early development.”
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.