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.
Fredericksburg's Pioneer Museum and Vereins Kirche Museum tell the stories of those first German immigrants who suffered hardships and overcame much to establish this special community, and the Gillespie County Country Schools showcase rural life unique to the Texas Hill Country.
Native son Chester W. Nimitz catapulted Fredericksburg onto the national map when he commanded the United States Pacific Fleet in World War II. The National Museum of the Pacific War was established here 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.
These factors make Fredericksburg one of the top places to visit in the United States for history lovers.