From my Mom's house, there is a hill rising just out of town. This is Monument Hill, and it contains one of Texas' state parks. The monument marks the spot where the remains of the "Black Bean Massacre" are buried. Once upon a time, a Mexican Army fought the Texans, and some Texan prisoners were taken. The prisoners had to draw beans without seeing which one they were getting. Some black beans were in the container. Anyone who drew the black bean was put to death. Here, the monument marks the burial spot. There are some nice views over the Colorado River Valley. I did come on a rainy day, but will be back on a sunnier day to try for some nice photos. It is nice to look out over the valley and see the river, the town, and even my Mom's house.
This can be found inside the Monument Hill State Park above the town. This area was settled originally by Germans, and some evidence of that heritage remains. The Kreische family maintained a residence and a brewery on top of this hill. The residence has been nicely preserved and the remains of the brewery can still be seen. Besides the historic site, this is a nice pleasant outdoor location. It is good for walking as well as some nice views over La Grange.
Texas is known for its fancy courthouses. They are almost always found in the heart of town surrounded by a square. La Grange certainly is no exception as it serves as the seat of Fayette County. The square is full of interesting shops. Visitors should find the town to be peaceful and laid back. Although there is a Walmart and a large grocery store, this town of roughly 5000 inhabitants is far enough removed from a more hectic life. Parking should be very easy in the center of town.
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