Manor, TX – Travis County

Population 6,353 // Official Website // Schools

Manor is located 12 miles northeast of Austin in Travis County. Manor was named for James B. Manor, who settled on Gilleland Creek west of present day downtown Manor. In 1842, Manor built a two story home that served as the first stage stop out of Austin, and as a post office when stage service from Austin to Houston was shifted through the area in 1857. Manor served as Postmaster.

Several mercantile stores were built between 1868 and 1869. In 1871 James Manor donated land to the Houston and Texas Central Railway, and the first railroad link to the Texas capital was built. The inaugural train arrived in Austin on Christmas Day. In 1872 the community of Manor was laid out and given its name, but was not incorporated as a town until 1913. Manor then changed to a general law city in 1921 with expectations of continued growth. However, this growth would not be realized until much later.

One factor that likely hindered expansion was the two devastating fires which destroyed much of the business district. Also around this time the arrival of the boll weevil caused a decline in cotton production. The Great Depression in the 1930’s imposed economic stress on the town, though Manor remained a commercial hub during this period for local farmers who shipped livestock and dairy products by railroad.

In 2006, the first sections of a central Texas tollway system opened, increasing accessibility to Manor from the surrounding larger cities. Manor is now one of the faster-growing suburbs of Austin. The residential subdivisions of Wildhorse Creek, ShadowGlen and Stonewater include parks, playscapes, and multi-use fields. ShadowGlen amenities include a 4-acre water park and junior Olympic-size pool. There is also a golf course next to the ShadowGlen subdivision, which was named one of Golf Digest’s America’s Best New Courses of 2004.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors in Manor. Jennie Lane Park in downtown Manor is the center of many community events such as the Manor Farmers Market, Summertime Movie Series, and Christmas in the Park. The park is a “Smart Park” with WiFi access and coded signage accessible by smartphones to retrieve information and historical facts. The park consists of a gazebo, pavilion and outdoor exercise equipment. East Metro Park is a multiple-use recreational area with soccer fields, a basketball court, playscapes, stock ponds, hiking trails and a swimming pool.

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