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SHADY GROVE, TEXAS (Burnet County) is a rural community situated at the intersection of the old Austin-Lampasas and Burnet-Belton roads crossed the Middle San Gabriel River (Farm Road 1174 nine miles northeast of Burnet). The settlement was first known as Russell Gabriel in the 1850s, then Middle Fork of the Gabriel, and ultimately Shady Grove, for the grove of live oak trees. Here a school and cemetery were also located. In the 1870s Shady Grove had both a store and a blacksmith shop, as well as a cotton gin and corn mill on a nearby creek. In 1896 J. H. Kleen built a second gin near the crossroads, along with two church buildings. The Robert E. Lee Masonic Lodge was chartered in 1875 and met upstairs in a local home until 1878, when it moved into the second floor of the school, where it continued until 1920. The Strickling Baptist Church became the Shady Grove Baptist Church in 1907 and met until disbanded in 1958. The older of the two churches, the Cumberlain Presbyterian Church was organized in 1878 and continued active until 1966, when it merged into the Bertram Presbyterian Church. Strickling School opened in 1869 two miles north on the North San Gabriel; it changed its name to Shady Grove School in 1877 and operated until it was consolidated into the Bertram school in 1942. A cemetery association was formed in 1958. In 1968 the association secured title to the land, church, tabernacle; now serving as the community center and home to an annual homecoming.