From pioneers to presidents.

Museums & History

Fredericksburg's history dates back to the town's founding in 1846 when the first German settlers arrived in the Texas Hill Country. Throughout its 175 years of history, the area has been home to several figures that have shaped the history of the world. In May 2021, Fredericksburg will begin a year-long celebration of its 175th Anniversary

Fredericksburg's Pioneer Museum tells the story of those first German immigrants, who suffered hardships and overcame to establish the special destination today.

Native son, Chester W. Nimitz, catapulted Fredericksburg on to the national map commanding the United States Pacific Fleet in World War II - the National Museum of the Pacific War is in town, because of his contributions. 

And finally, the United States' 36th President Lyndon Baines Johnson was born in Gillespie County and returned often during his presidency. He is now buried on the ranch he loved so dearly just 20 minutes from Fredericksburg in Stonewall, Texas. The Lyndon B. Johnson State and National Historical Parks tell the story of LBJ's larger than life personality and legacy. 

It is because of these factors that Fredericksburg is often mentioned as one of the top places to visit in the United States for history lovers. 

Historic Building at Marktplatz in Fredericksburg, TX

The history of Fredericksburg stretches back over 175 years as German immigrants made the decision to settle in Texas...

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The history of Fredericksburg stretches back over 175 years as German immigrants made the decision to settle in Texas...

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