Monday, March 12, 2018

DESTINATION: Fredericksburg, Texas

It was SPRING TIME and both of us had a week off of work! We loaded up the trailer and traveled south through the beautiful Texas Hill Country to Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, outside of Fredericksburg, Texas. 

Plenty of unique shopping in downtown Fredericksburg

St. Mary's Catholic Church

This truck is parked outside an art gallery.  Only in Texas is this advertising!

Biergarten at at the Auslander

The old hospital of Fredericksburg now houses a kitchen shop


Fredericksburg is a city in central Texas, known for its wineries. The city's German heritage is on display throughout the town and especially at the Pioneer Museum, which features settlers' homesteads and artifacts. We really enjoyed visiting this living history museum talking with the volunteers dressed in period clothing.

German kitchen or kuchen

Oma forgot her bonnet

Recreated bath house

Blacksmith

Character from the past playing a wash tub

Oma showed us how to knit with three needles

This trapper was skinning a real raccoon

In the nearby town square, Marktplatz, the Vereins Kirche is a replica of a 19th-century German church that once stood in the city. The vast National Museum of the Pacific War features WWII exhibits, including a recreated combat zone.

Vereins Kirche - replica of a German church

National Museum of the Pacific War

The crown jewel of Fredericksburg’s recreational parks is the 150 acre Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. Rolling hills and rambling Live Oak Creek set the stage for a beautiful day. It is a place to rest, relax and enjoy nature. Five pavilions serve as the spot for birthday parties, class and family reunions, school field trips, weddings and more. Baseball/softball fields are available for a casual game or can be reserved. A sand volleyball court and outdoor basketball courts are available. The park offers a beautiful setting for large and small groups no matter the occasion. Located 3 miles south of downtown off of Hwy. 16 S. 

Our homestead for the next few days was the Lady Bird Johnson RV Park which sits adjacent to the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.  This RV park features 98 RV spaces with 30 and 50 amp electrical hook-ups, water, sewer and cable TV.  Although the sites were very close together (actually back to back) the park was clean and family oriented.

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Sign
Fishing along Live Oak Creek near Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park


Nestled along Baron's Creek at the eastern edge of Fredericksburg is Fort Martin Scott.  This fort was the first U.S. military post be established on the western frontier of Texas.  Today is is an historical treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Visitors are allowed to roam around the fort, free of charge, and reflect upon the importance that the fort played in the development of the great State of Texas.

Fort Martin Scott entrance

Rebuilt areas and remnants of the old fort

Limestone kitchen/storage area of the fort

A trip to the Texas Hill Country is not complete without a stop at Luckenbach, Texas. Luchenbach began as a trading post in 1849, making it one of the oldest settlements in Gillespie County. 




Proudly flown over the post office at Luckenbach

Inside the general store/beer joint hang a memorial to Hondo, Luckenbach's most famous citizen

Outdoor access to the important stuff - beer!

The post office and general store/beer joint was opened in 1886 by August Engel.  Today the tiny hamlet boasts that "everybody is somebody" in Luchenbach, and under its it is the perfect escape for road weary travelers who want to escape the Texas heat under a shady canopy of live oak trees while listening to a variety of Hill Country musicians.


Plenty of shade, character's and music under the live oak trees

We're not sure if the population of Luckenbach includes these chickens

In case you get lost, look for the signs