Take a Tour through History in Fredericksburg APR 21 2019
Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country have a rich cultural heritage that is evident in the area’s significant museums and historic sites. Take a tour through history with these must-see attractions in and around Fredericksburg.
- Pioneer Museum. Fredericksburg’s German history and heritage is on display at the 3.5-acre Pioneer Museum complex on West Main. Museum structures include a Sunday House, a one-room schoolhouse, various historic pioneer homes and more, with a number of artifacts on display within each building. Several times a year, the Pioneer Museum holds family-friendly events staffed by docents in period dress.
- Vereins Kirche. Located in the center of Marktplatz, Fredericksburg’s most iconic structure, the Vereins Kirche, once served as a church, school, and community center for the German pioneers. Now the structure is home to a collection of artifacts as well as various special exhibits throughout the year.
- National Museum of the Pacific War. Dedicated to all those who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII, the National Museum of the Pacific War includes the Admiral Nimitz Gallery (closed for renovation), George H.W. Bush Gallery, Plaza of the Presidents, Memorial Courtyard, Japanese Garden of Peace, and the Pacific Combat Zone, where you can experience historic WWII battle reenactments on special weekends throughout the year.
- Texas Rangers Heritage Center at Fort Martin Scott. Phase one of the Texas Rangers Heritage Center is open and includes the Ranger Ring of Honor, the Open-Air Pavilion, the Amphitheater and the Campanile, or bell tower, and is host to special events throughout the year, such as living history reenactments and history symposiums. Neighboring Fort Martin Scott, the first frontier army outpost in Texas, is open for self-guided tours or interpreted tours by appointment.
- Lyndon B. Johnson State and National Historical Parks. At the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park take a drive through the LBJ Ranch and tour the Texas White House (currently closed for renovation), where the nation’s 36th President spent a great deal of time during his presidency. Just across the Pedernales River, find the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site and learn about life as an early 1900’s farm family.
To learn more about Fredericksburg’s history, visit history.visitfredericksburgtx.com.