Historic Sites & Museums
History in Fredericksburg is alive and well. Experience our past through the Pioneer Museum Complex and the Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm - sites that tell the story of our German settlers in the Texas Hill Country.
Plus, we have two Fredericksburg native sons who made an impact on the national and international levels; Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and our 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson. Be inspired at the National Museum of the Pacific War, featuring the Admiral Nimitz Museum, and explore LBJ\'s Ranch and Texas White House near Stonewall.
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Cross Mountain Park is located on a historic hill with an elevation of 1,951 feet featuring beautiful views, walking trails, a butterfly garden and picnic areas. In 1847 during the settling of Fredericksburg, a timber cross was found on the historic hilltop, previously used as a lookout point by Native Americans. Early Fredericksburg pioneers gave […]
The Albert Dance Hall was built in 1922 by Max Beckman, and provided the community a place for Saturday night dances and social gatherings. It featured German brass bands rotating between the Luckenbach, Hye and Weinheimer Dance Halls of the time. Located just south of Highway 290, halfway between Fredericksburg and Johnson City, the tradition […]
Phase One of the Texas Rangers Heritage Center at Fort Martin Scott includes the Ranger Ring of Honor, an open-air pavilion, an amphitheater and the Campanili Bell Tower. Groundbreaking on Phase Two is anticipated and will include the Legacy Theater. The Texas Rangers Heritage Center at Fort Martin Scott hosts special events such as chuckwagon dinners, […]
A historically significant park in the heart of former President LBJ’s country home, the ’Texas Whitehouse’, and influenced by three major cultures: Native Americans, Spanish and German.
Visit a living history farmstead of the pioneers. See how the farm families of a century ago lived. Learn about seasonal activities such as sausage making, sheep shearing, canning, etc. See state parks section for more information on the LBJ State Historical Park.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Fredericksburg’s National Historic District has over 80 points of historic interest and significance. Free self-guided walking tour maps of the National Historic District are available at the Visitor Information Center at 302 East Austin Street in downtown Fredericksburg, or for free download at: DOWNLOAD FREE WALKING TOUR […]
LBJ Ranch District at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park The National Park Service operates the LBJ Ranch and offers public access to the LBJ Ranch, Texas White House, LBJ birthplace, Johnson family cemetery, old Junction School, LBJ’s grandparents’ home and the LBJ ranch showbarn. Please Note: The Texas White House is closed for […]
Luckenbach Texas, where “Everybody’s Somebody”, established as a trading post in 1849. There is an old dance hall still in use every weekend, live music daily, a General Store and a bar. A great place to visit, sit back under the old 500-year-old oak trees, relax and listen to live music. Luckenbach reflects an eclectic mix of its early history, the larger than life persona of Hondo Crouch and an unrivaled legacy of great music that makes everyone indeed “Somebody” in Luckenbach.
View 12 historic country schools in Gillespie County. A special map with highlighted routes will direct visitors to schools in a particular quadrant of the county. Driving times on routes vary from one hour in length to half a day. Free maps of the trail are available at the main Visitor Information Center at 302 East Austin Street in downtown Fredericksburg. Visit www.historicschools.org.
Take a self-guided walk at the site of a pre-Civil War (1848) military outpost to learn about one of the first frontier Army forts in Texas. Open daily. No admission charge.
Fredericksburg has two main historic cemeteries located at the east and west ends of town. Der Stadt Friedhof, located at the 300 block of North Lee Street and the Catholic Cemetery, located on Catholic Cemetery Road are both known for their striking granite markers and headstones, many in German.
Right in the center of Main Street, this is Fredericksburg’s most iconic structure, a well-known landmark of the city in the heart of town. Inside this “Society’s Church” is a collection of artifacts and photos depicting Fredericksburg’s interesting history.
Experience the rich German heritage of Gillespie County. This 3.5-acre museum complex contains superb examples of early German structures and artifacts. Several times a year, the Pioneer Museum will hold events staffed by docents in period dress that are fun for the whole family including storytelling, rope making, soap making, sheep shearing and more. Prior arrangements required for special tours of other historic homes and sites owned by the Gillespie County Historical Society.
On the battlefield and on the home front, ordinary Americans took up the challenge to turn back the greatest threat to freedom and democracy of the 20th century. Their achievement is the story of the National Museum of the Pacific War told through artifacts, advanced media, custom animations and stunning film and photography of the day. The complex, located in downtown Fredericksburg, includes three museums with 45,000 square feet of exhibit space and lessons that will last a lifetime.