The town’s namesake, Robert Calvert, established a plantation around 1850. In 1873 a severe yellow fever epidemic killed many in the community. In 1899 the town suffered floods and in 1891 a fire burned much of the town’s center.
For the last 35 years Calvert has enjoyed a relative success as an antique “capital.” Steady traffic on Highway 6 and the towns halfway position between Waco and Bryan / College Station has helped.
Calvert’s buildings, if not totally restored have at least been kept up and present an attractive row of 19th century buildings. The length of main street is evidence of the town’s prosperous history...
Any town that has ceramic bowls embedded in a wall and a bright yellow sculpture of a person on a bicycle (which I'm pretty sure wasn't real) is all right with me.
The Eloia Theatre was named after the owner's wife, Eloise. A fire destroyed much of the theater in the late 1940s, but a subsequent renovation modernized the facility.