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The Comfort Heritage Foundation (CHF) is a tax exempt chartered foundation to promote and encourage, for the betterment of the community, the preservation and conservation of Comfort's historical heritage, including historical structures, archives, cultural values, traditions and its natural beauty.

The archives are open Tuesdays and Saturdays for assistance in research and to view local historical documents and artifacts. Hours of Operation are Tuesdays (9 a.m. - noon) and Saturdays (10 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.).

Traditionally, there are several activities that the Heritage Foundation sponsors. These include:
Awards given annually at the Foundation banquet for outstanding contributions to the preservation of the heritage and culture of Comfort based on the dictum that: `It is better to preserve than repair, better to repair than restore, better to restore than reconstruct.`

The Summertime Tea is our primary fundraising event that has been a substantial benefit to the foundation and a tradition that has been beloved by the community for over fifteen years.

During Christmas in Comfort, youngsters of all ages enjoy coming to the archives to decorate gingerbread cookies donated by membership.

Along with local homeowners, CHF opens the doors to architectural history through public tours of privately owned homes biennially. This Tour of Homes benefits the operations of the Foundation.

Maintaining and preserving the Treue der Union Monument and Brownsboro Cemetery.

The Foundation partners with the Comfort Public Library to offer ancestry.com at no charge to its patrons.

Membership meetings with Speaker Series that educate with valuable historical information.

CHF operates solely on a volunteer basis with dedicated members of the community.

The Holekamp Guest Haus - Event in/near Comfort

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The Holekamp Guest Haus

This large charming residence was built in 1910 by Mrs. Emilie Hugo of San Antonio. Oral history states this was a Sears & Roebuck Company pre-fabricated home. It was delivered in pieces and assembled by their craftsmen. The stated cost was $5,000. In 1919, Otto Holekamp bought the house, and it stayed in the family until 1976, and it was sold to Roy Matter. Later in 2003, it was purchased by John & Mary Straley. They renovated the home and added 6 private bathrooms for each of the 6 bedrooms and ran a Bed and Breakfast. Current owners, Joe and Ella Gay, are revamping the 108-year-old home, and they plan to continue the guesthouse under the name “Holekamp Guest Haus”. The home, consisting of long leaf pine floors and high ceilings, was built for a large family and their guests. This Sears & Roebuck kit home, shows the original façade, consisting of hints of both Moorish and Victorian design features with bay windows on each side surmounted by gable details. It has a massive central dormer echoing similar gable details. The home consists of 2 stories, a basement, 3 fireplaces and a porte cochere attached covered drive-thru for carriages. The residence also boasts a large updated kitchen, butler’s pantry, owners’ suite and a large utility store room. Beautiful period chandeliers and lighting fixtures adorn each room. Large ornately carved armoires and unique beds enhance the grandeur and mystique in the six large bedrooms. The second floor affords an imposing view of Comfort and the surrounding hills from both the inside and the side balcony above the porte cochere.

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