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    Visit the Pioneer Museum

    by Basaic Written Jul 5, 2013

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    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.

    Pioneer Museum Pioneer Museum Old Barn Pioneer Museum Sunday House
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    Fredericksburg and Gillespie County

    by Basaic Updated Jun 27, 2013

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    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.

    Gillespie County Courthouse
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    Holy Ghost Lutheran Church

    by Africancrab Written Dec 30, 2012

    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!

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    Zion Lutheran Church

    by Africancrab Written Dec 30, 2012

    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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    New St. Mary's Catholic Church

    by Africancrab Written Dec 30, 2012

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    An outstanding Gothic architectural style to be admired. This new building was constricted in the 1900s next to the original St. Mary's Church. The Church was completed in 1908. The facde of the church is that of Gothic cathedrals and the inside meticulously adorned with an old pipe organ and beautiful stained glass memorial windows for the sanctuary.

    The sanctuary windows of St. George, the two Guardian Angels, Mary, and St. Francis were installed about the same time as it's completion. There is a painting of the twelve apostles on the arches above the center aisle and across the apse wall is Christ the King. On the sanctuary wall are two huge paintings: on the right, is Melchizedek offering bread and wine, while on the left you see Christ breaking bread with the two disciples at Emmaus.

    Incredible interior, adorned indeed for the king.

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    Loeffler-Weber Haus

    by Africancrab Written Dec 30, 2012

    This historic bed and breakfast was built in the 1800s. Compared to an ordinary house, it is much smaller, but the room is spacious compared to regular hotel rooms.

    Located on Main street in Fredericksburg, it is a tourist attraction more than an actual functioning hotel, even though it is in full function. One bedroom with a fireplace, a kitchenette, and a spacious living area. It reminded me of a rustic country cabin. They even have a heart shaped bathtub in the yard, interestingly so. This bed and breakfast is listed in the National Register of Historic places of America.

    The history of the cabin has it that Gerhard Rorig built this cabin as shelter for himself during the first winter in Fredericksburg in 1846. Later on a local cabinet maker,Johann Loeffler, added the rock & half timber rooms & cooking fireplace around 1867. His son-in-law, J. Charles Weber, added the lean-to on the side. The house stayed in the Leoffler-Weber family for 90 years until George & Gloria Hill bought the house & restored it.

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    St. Mary's Catholic Church

    by Africancrab Written Dec 30, 2012

    This historic church began way back in the 1800s with a few German immigrants. This original tower construction began in 1860 and completed three years later in 1863 is much smaller than the twin next door to it. The interior is simplistic with blue tinted windows and an old confession box at the back of the church. The church was constructed in a true christian manner with thick walls and a large foundation. The seventy-two food steeple is the most prominent and distinguishing feature of the building. The corbel stone vaulting contributes to the uniqueness of the structure.

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    Stroll the Main Street shopping areas

    by Bunsch Written Jun 10, 2011

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    One of the delights about Fredericksburg is that many arcades have been constructed, allowing the visitor to wander along in the cool shade, enjoying the sights and window shopping. Many shops have spread onto the sidewalk, bringing out pot plants, sales items, and even a rocking chair or two!

    An inviting place to stroll -- or sit
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    Rockin' at the Rockbox Theater

    by Cinger55 Updated Jun 3, 2011

    The Rockbox Theater is the newest addition to the list of Things to Do in Fredericksburg. A 392 seat indoor theater right off downtown Main Street, it is a live production with a wonderful cast of musicians and singers. This show has caught the imagination and high praise of everyone who sees it, partly because it's just that good, and partly because it's a breath of fresh air in what seems like the smelly smog of toilet-humor invading our culture today. Each Friday and Saturday night shows begin at 8pm, but there are matinee shows on Saturday at 4:30 and Sunday at 1:30. Additional shows are added at Christmas, and every performance ends with a Patriotic Salute to America. Totally musical, consummately professional, and hilarious fun, you will NOT be disappointed.

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    Texas Hill Country Wine Trail

    by Cinger55 Updated Jun 2, 2011

    The wine industry is alive and well in the Texas Hill Country! Orbitz.com-rated as the second most visited wine area in the US (Napa Valley being the first), the stretch of Highway 290 between Johnson City and Fredericksburg alone boasts no fewer than 6 wineries and/or vineyards. The outlying areas, south from New Braunfels across to Boerne (pronounced ber-ny...it's a German word), to as far north as Bend and Lampasas, offer myriad other opportunities for wine lovers to see, taste, and talk to the growers and makers who have invested a great deal of love and time into producing award winning wines. Grapes are grown in this area as well, and estate wines are plentiful, both red and white. Some of my particular favorite establishments along HW290 include Becker Vineyards, Pedernales Cellars, and Torre di Pietra Vineyards. Each offers something unique. You will be impressed with the tasting rooms, wines, the views, and the friendly, knowledgeable people behind the counters. Purchase a bottle of wine and walk out onto a deck, or sit underneath the cool shade of a pavilion. Relax, listen to live music and dance. Enjoy the Texas Hill Country breeze and stay awhile. Or, try a wine tour. These allow you to begin at one winery, make a stop at the next for a quick tasting, and leave the driving to someone else! Have some wine shipped home, or take a bottle back to your jealous friends. Fredericksburg is just up the road, with plenty of charming places to stay the night, restaurants that impress and *amazing* shopping. If you visit Fredericksburg Winery on Main Street in town, you can buy a glass and stroll along the sidewalk, window shopping. Don't worry, it's legal. This is a 20-year, award winning wine region that offers wines for every taste with new ones in the waiting. If you love wine, you will not be disappointed. "If all be true that I do think, there are five reasons we should drink: Good wine-a friend-or being dry-or lest we should be by and by...or any other reason why!" Get a group of family or friends together and...Make it a Texas Hill Country Wine Weekend!

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    Admiral Nimitz Museum and Historical Center

    by Cherie_J Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Here you can explore a 9-acre historical park where you can experience: The Japanese Garden of Peace, the History Walk of the Pacific War, actual WWII experiences as told by Veterans, the Plaza of the Presidents, and the George Bush Gallery of the Pacific War.

    I will follow up with personal experiences as I visited the locations listed above.

    Absolutely humbling...I am so grateful to all those who protect our freedoms from the past, present, and future. God Bless America!

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    Luchenbach, Texas

    by msbrandysue Updated Jun 16, 2009

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    While in Fredericksburg drive to the Luchenbach Loop also known as the city Luchenbach, Texas. Made famous by the song, it is one of the highlights of any trip to Fredericksburg. You don't even have to be a drinker!

    When we arrived we parked in the non-paved parking lot and were a bit skeptical walking up with all these bikers. However, we were also accompanied by a young family so it was such a weird mixture of people!

    We walked in [free!] and walked around towards the Post Office/General Store. We quickly got a beer and listened to the free country boys playin' their guitars for the crowd. People were just chillin' out and relaxing a nice sunset. The weather was perfect. The nature surrounding us was tranquil. Just the sound of chatting, guitars and ......... crowing roosters!

    My favorite part of Luchenbach was the loud roosters flying about on top of the roofs and trees. It was like playing Where's Waldo but with poultry!

    My second favorite was the cowboy riding a SADDLED longhorn. You don't see that around here, folks. Only in Luchenbach!

    The bathrooms were very weird. There were stalls but they were separated by curtains. You can't throw anything down the toilets since there's no real sewage so it's just ..... nasty? How about authentic?!? Like they say, "when in Rome"...how about "when in the honky tonk"?

    After buying my traditional ornament and iron-on patch from the general store we said our farewells and let the night crew get their seats for the concert being held in the dancing area. Since the concert was $15 we decided to find some other entertainment back down the road towards Fredericksburg. All the while humming "Luchenbach, Texas"....

    Hours are from 9am til Close

    Chickens at the top of the pic! The General Store The bathroom shacks :)

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    Willow City Loop

    by msbrandysue Written May 25, 2009

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    While in Fredericksburg take an hour or so to drive up towards Llano to Willow City. While following the take the Willow City Loop. It's about a 15 mile drive that will show you what the Hill Country is all about. Missing it would be to miss the beauty of Central Texas.

    As you turn onto loop you will see many signs that say "Private Property." Yes, the residents have opened up their own road for you to enjoy the land. Make sure not to enter any of the properties! You know Texans and their gun-happy ways! ;) No, for real, stay on track so as not to cause any trouble. The other reason for the importance are the free wandering cattle. Yes, cows in the middle of the road and right next to it. You'll want to stay at about 4 miles an hour for breath-taking views, photo opportunities and livestock.

    Although it starts mildly for the first few miles you'll soon see why this is one of the most beautiful roads in Texas (or America!). Sit back and enjoy...

    *I went on Easter weekend at around 4pm and there was NO ONE else on the road. It almost made me nervous because there were so many Private Property signs and cows on the road. I was unsure if I was on the right road. However, I've heard that sometimes it is packed full of cars. So be prepared for an hour or so to experience the views.

    Mooooo

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    Tour the Barns at the LBJ Ranch

    by 807Wheaton Updated Apr 26, 2008

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    Thinking back on our visit to the LBJ Ranch, I'm really glad we took the tour and had a chance to see a ranch in Texas. We were able to see the rolling landscape that provides grazing land for the animals, up close and personal rather than just driving down a highway and seeing cattle in the fields.

    Hereford Cattle that LJB raised on the ranch Prize Hereford Bull at the LBJ Ranch Inside the barn at the LBJ Ranch Scenes on the ranch Grazing countryside around the LBJ Ranch
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    Tour the LBJ Ranch and National Park

    by 807Wheaton Updated Apr 26, 2008

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    We took the tour with the Park Ranger to see the LBJ Ranch. This is the only way to see the other buildings and the farm part of the ranch. Our first stop was at the home where President Johnson was born. We were able to walk through all the rooms and the Park Ranger offered lots of interesting information about the Johnson family.

    Birthplace of LBJ Kitchen scene Gathering room in the LBJ birthplace Lots of big trees around the birthplace of LBJ
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