Gruene, New Braunfels
Gruene (pronounced like "green") is one of the most picturesque towns in all of the Texas Hill Country. If you visit New Braunfels, this should be on your list. With a number of hotels, guest houses, restaurants, and the famous Greune Hall, you can find plenty of attractions here.
The Gruene Historic District in New Braunfels was originally a separate town established by a German immigrant named Ernst Gruene. Gruene found prime land already scarce in town so he crossed the Guadalupe River and started his farm there. The area was first called Goodwim but was renamed Gruene in 1903. New Braunfels grew to include Gruene and in 1975 the old town became an historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the local buildings have historical markers on them and this is a very neat place to visit. Gruene welcomes over 1 million visitors each year.
One of the best things to see around here, and the most fun I had in town, is Gruene Hall which was established in 1878 and is the oldest continually operating dancehall in Texas. Country music legends like George Strait, Lyle Lovett and Hank Ketchum got their starts here and future greats like Brandi Carlisle and Pat Green play here along with established legends like Boz Skaggs, Lee Ann Womack and Willie Nelson. Many concerts/jam sessions are free. There are photos of stars and others that have played here on display on the walls. Part of the Gruene Historic District.
This Vernacular Cottage was built in the 1880s by Henry D. Gruene as a residence for the family of Erhardt Neuse, the field foreman of Gruene's vast cotton farms. The Nesuse Family resided here until the 1930s.Part of the Gruene Historic District.
This small building was built in 1923 as an office for Henry D. Gruene Jr., the son of the man who ran the cotton industry in this town after the big cotton gin burned down. Part of the Gruene Historic District.
If you want to try a few beers and wines in a relaxed comfortable setting, make sure you stop at the Grapevine Winery in Gruene. I loved their T-Shirts which are a take-off on the famous "Come and Take It" incident which started the Texas Revolution. Part of the Gruene Historic District.
This historic building is called Schlather Corner after long-time resident, and "local character" Frank Schlather. Part of the Gruene Historic District.