As you wander through the town admiring the beautiful architecture, the interesting history and the quaint touched of Germany take a moment to stop at the Fredericksburg Brewing Company and relax with a nice cold one. Besides, it gets HOT in Texas in the summer! The brewery was established in 1890 and is interesting to look around. They have an enclosed "biergarten" that is air-conditioned and has a big screen TV. Great place to try a few brews.
There are a couple of nice veterans memorials in Fredericksburg; one dedicated to all the nation's veterans and one for Gillespie County Veterans who gave their lives in service to their country. I think it is important to remember the contributions of the nation's military to our freedom and way of life.
This interesting blending of Victorian and Greek Revival architecture began as a one-story home built by Belgian mill owner Felix Van der Stucken in 1864. It remained in the Van der Stucken family until 1940.
This beautiful Gothic style structure is the Old St Mary's Church which was built in 1863. The parish dates back to 1846 and the origins of Fredericksburg. The parish worshipped here until they outgrew the building and a larger one was constructed in 1906. St Mary's also operates a school in another impressive building nearby. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This impressive two-story stone building was constructed by Ludwig Schmidt in the 1860s for use as a hotel. The building remained a hotel until 1899 when merchant Charles Schwarz bought the building and opened a store. The building has since housed a saloon, a doctor's office, a lawyer's office and a drugstore. Today it houses a nice art gallery.
This is the Old Central Drugstore Building which was built for jeweler and watchmaker Alphons Walter in 1905. He sold the building to Fredericksburg Civic Leader, Robert Striegler in 1909 and the Central Drugstore was opened here. The drugstore changed hands a few times but remained open in this spot for over 70 years.
Another interesting type of building in Fredericksburg is the "Sunday House". A Sunday house is a small home that was used by early settlers when they came to town from their outlying ranches and farms for marketing on Saturday and attending church on Sundays. There are several examples of Sunday Houses in Fredericksburg; but most are private residences and are not open to the public. There is a nice one at the Pioneer Museum.
There was a one-story stone house built in 1860 on this lot when saddle and harness maker Henry Meckel bought it in 1886. Meckel added a second story and made extensive improvements to the property. In 1927, Dr. J. J. Hanus bought the property for use as a hospital. The property also served as a convent from 1949 to 1979. I think this is a pretty home.
The Kammlah House was built in 1849 by Henry Kammlah I. He added a smokehouse and additional rooms in the back in 1875. His son Henry Kammlah II opened a general store here in 1870 which operated until 1924. The Kammlah House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Settlers in Fredericksburg first worshipped in the VereinsKirche. In 1887, Reverend John Heinzelmann and a group of 80 families formed the Evangelical Church and in 1889 they built their own church building which became known as the Bethany Lutheran Church.
Fredericksburg has a nice historic district and a total of 700 historical buildings, many of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings are an interesting mix of architectural styles many with a German flavor.
The Pioneer Museum is headquartered out of a pioneer home built in 1849. The site also consists of a wine cellar, a barn, a blacksmith shop, smokehouse, log cabin, school house and a "Sunday House" which is a small house for families coming into town for the weekend. Check out the fire equipment too. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday; also open on Sunday and Monday in the summertime. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids 6 to 17.
Fredericksburg is a very neat town of about 11,000 (up 17% since 2000) located at the intersection of US Highways 87 and 290 in the Hill Country of central Texas. It was settled in 1846 by John O. Meusebach from Germany, and was named for Prince Frederick of Prussia. The town was in Comanche Territory but Meusebach formed a lasting peace teaty with the tribe. The town had many settlers from Germany and retains a distinct German flavor (with Texan flavor added in) even today. Fredericksburg is a great town to visit and a highlight of any trip through Texas. It is also the county seat of Gillespie County. Gillespie County was named for Robert A. Gillespie a soldier in the Mexican-American War, a Texas Ranger and a merchant.
Unfortunately we were unable to see the inside of this beautiful church. The Holy Ghost Lutheran Church is one of 4 religious sites we managed to see while in Fredericksburg. The building style is almost Gothic. It has a 164 year history dating back to 1844. In the 1930s it was known that men and women were separated during worship, like the Muslims do. They also offered communion only on special occasions unlike in the Catholic church were breaking bread is done literally every mass.
The original congregation was made up of the 125 men, women and children that made it to the site that was to be Fredericksburg in 1846. The congregation joined the American Lutheran Church later in 1949 and changed the name of the church to "Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.
PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today!
Religious sites have always been of interest, in the Hill country town of Fredericksburg, the oldest church happens to be a Lutheran church known as Zion. Unfortunately, unlike many other churches and sanctuaries, this church door was closed, so I was unable to go inside.
It did have an impressive facade and an original bell in it's courtyard. The original bell was put up in 1869.
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