Favorite thing: We had a very leisurely trip to Frederickburg, peppered with frequent naps. Unfortunately, even on a busy weekend most of the shops close at 8 pm. We woke early the next day on a Sunday and were disappointed to find that most of the shops would not open until 10 am.
Just an FYI for those who love to plan trips and know all the details...
On the website that talks about touring the LBJ Historical Park it talks about taking the ranger bus tours. They were not given the weekend my aunt and I went. They now give you an audio cd for your own car. The ranger at the visitors center they were getting away from the bus tours (economic reasons). I think it's better because you can go at your own pace. You don't have to wait for others to finish up or you can stay longer and dig into the history and surroundings. I know my aunt and I stayed quite a while at the ranch talking to the ranchhand. But many families decided to skip it altogether.
Other than filling in as President after JFK's death, I didn't know much about LBJ before visiting his National Historical Park. Now I could write a book...just kidding! I do have some good stories to tell, though, for sure.
So, I couldn't put this tip under Things To Do but wanted to add the pictures from the park about all the programs that LBJ started.
He was who signed in our first environmental laws such as the Clean Air and Drinking Water laws. He also signed many of the Welfare programs. His Great Society programs also included many national programs for education as well.
Fondest memory: The programs that the plaques talk about specifically are:
*Head Start-a preschool program for children who are not old enough for elementary school (5 years of age) but whose parents cannot afford day care.
*Clean Air Act
*Water Quality Control Act
*Wilderness System Act
*Solid Waste Disposal Act
*Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
*Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Saint Joseph's Hall was constructed in 1900. I like its rustic, practical style of architecture.
This building has multiple uses and seems to be on everyone's venue for craft shows, choral concerts, choir practices and art shows. It's a popular locale and very utilitarian and accommodating!
We became acquainted with Saint Joseph's Hall when we attended an art exhibit here. It was part of the Art in the Park activities, held in November.
The hall is located on West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Tx.
This picturesque building was constructed in 1883 and is the Old Keidel Memorial Hospital. Historical accounts say it may be named for architect Albert Keidel*.
So many of Fredericksburg's old buildings are preserved and appreciated! As you walk Main Street, you can easily absorb the character of the town.
Currently this structure holds the Rathskeller restaurant in its basement area, where you'll find hearty German food and adult beverages.
The Der Kuchen Laden kitchen shoppe is housed on its upper level and carries kitchenware, ceramics and cookbooks.
The Old Keidel Memorial Hospital sits on Main Street, Fredericksburg, Tx.
*re: as mentioned in The Texas Scribbler
As we drove along the side streets of Fredericksburg, we came across The Old Gillespie County Jail. It was constructed in 1885 and is actually the fourth jail built for the town.
Notice the fortress-like appearance to this sturdy construction and the iron bars on the windows. At one time, the exterior wall surrounding the jail was topped with glass to discourage escape! I don't think one could mistake it's purpose, do you?
Originally, prisoners were held upstairs and the jailer's rooms were at the lower level. A "lock up" was also downstairs and was later used for a women's cell. Upstairs two steel cells were located on the east wall, while maxiumum security was at the back of the building. It was here that a wood heater sat. When it grew cold, prisoners held elsewhere in the building were moved to this area for the warmth.
In 1939, the jail became living quarters for custodian, William Heimann, and was converted to allow him to live comfortably with his new wife. Later, the building was used for storage. It was restored in the 1970's and is part of the annual Candlelight Tour of Homes held in December. It is not opened for tours otherwise.
The jail is located on 117 West San Antonio St., Fredericksburg, Tx
For more information see: www.fredericksburgtexas.blogspot.com/2006/12/walking-tour
The old Bethany Lutheran Church sits on a quiet side street in Fredericksburg. Originally known as the Evangelical-Catholic Church, it was constructed in 1889 in the Gothic style of architecture.
The building is 36 feet wide, 48 feet long and 18 feet high, crowned by a 75 feet high steeple containing two bells. The cost of the new church and parsonage was $4,000 and was built using mostly volunteer labor.
Electric lighting, a pipe organ and new altar were added between 1903 and 1911. A Sunday School and Women's Missionary Society were part of church life by 1914.
Through the years, adjacent property was purchased and additions plus new structures were built to include more classrooms, bathrooms, offices and fellowship hall--eventually creating the church you see now. It is currently the home of Fredericksburg Bible Church.
The church address is 107 East Austin, Fredericksburg, Tx
(For more info. see www.sundayhouseinn.com/Churches/bethany.htm)
While we were at the Marketplatz, we noticed this imposing building across the street. It was once the Gillespie County Courthouse from 1882-1939, but is currently The Pioneer Library.
This was the second courthouse built in Gillespie County. The design was chosen in a contest offering $50 for the best idea. Alfred Giles of San Antonio, said to be one of the finest architects in Texas, was chosen for the task.
This building is also referred to as the McDermott Building since Mr. and Mrs. Eugene McDermott were instrumental in restoring it for use as a library in 1967. Inside you'll find all the things you expect to find in a public library, but also documents and books carried here by early German settlers.
If you would like to investigate further, library hours are 9 am-6 pm Mon, Tuesday and Thursday; 9 am-7 pm on Wednesday; 9 am-2 pm on Friday and Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
The library is located at 115 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, Tx
(For more info. on this structure, see www.fredericksburg.lib.tx.us/about.htm)
DRIVE DOWN MAIN STREET AND CHECK OUT THE TEXAS LIMESTONE BUILDINGS. THIS IS AN HISTORIC DISTRICT FOR GOOD REASON. EACH BUILDING is unique and has its own special character.
Fondest memory: CRUISIN' MAIN STREET AND PICKING OUT INTERESTING SHOPS TO STOP AND BROWSE.
The Texas is pretty proud of its history. You can see these "Historical markers" pretty much everywhere...
These medallions are particularly noticeable here in Fredericksburg. Sometime, it is just a plaque on the wall of a building.
This is really a nice initiative, it is so great to have some background information on the different buildings you are walking through.
Fondest memory: You can find most of these info from the Texas Historic Commission website: http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/