Dubina, which derives its name from the Czech word for Oak Grove, was founded in 1856 by a group of Moravian immigrants, including the Marak Kahlich, Sramek, Peter, Holub, Muzny, and Haidusek families. By 1900 the farming community had erected a church building, mill, cotton gin, blacksmith shop, store, and post office. A 1909 storm and a 1912 fire caused extensive damage from which the town never recovered. As the first settlement in Texas to be founded entirely by Czech-Moravians, Dubina remains an important part of the state's regional and cultural history. - Historical Marker Text. Marker erected 1983. Located on FM 1383, Dubina.
Dubina History 1902. Dubina lies about fourteen miles south of La Grange in a rich, fertile country. The land is postoak and liveoak and black prairie. It lies on Hedden Creek and one mile from the Navidad Creek. Hon. Joseph Peter is the proprietor of a large store and barroom, of a gin and of a blacksmith shop in Dubina. Dubina has a fine Catholic Church building and a ball for public meetings and entertainments. Dubina is a Bohemian name, meaning in English “oak grove." The name was given to the place by Judge A. Haidusek, whose father, Valentine Haidusek, and Joseph Peter were the first settlers in that part of the country. The population is German and Bohemian. - Fayette County, Her History and Her People, Schulenburg, Texas, 1902.
The Dubina Historic District lies in southeastern Fayette County, Texas, an area rich in Czech and German ethnic heritage. That heritage is represented in the many small towns that dot the county's rural landscape. The towns range in size from La Grange, the county seat, which has a population of about 4,500, to those like Dubina, which has a recorded population of 44. The majority of land, however, remains undeveloped, and agriculture continues to be an important component of the area's economy. Most businesses are now concentrated in larger towns, but places like Dubina have continued to foster the social and cultural life of their surrounding communities. Read more on the Dubina Historic District >>