Wondering what you should do, or where you should go while visiting Fredericksburg, Texas? Well let me tell you a little bit about the What’s and Where’s.
Settled by German immigrants in 1846, and named for Prince Frederick of Prussia, Fredericksburg not only boasts of early Texas history, but is the site of the longest held peace treaty between Native Americans, and early settlers as brokered by Baron Otfried Hans Von Meusebach. Dropping his titles, and becoming known as John O. Meusebach, he purchased 10,000 acres on credit, and moved settlers here, granting those who came one Townlot, 100 x 200 ft., and a 10 acre Outlot. Pioneer life in Gillespie County was hard, but they had their own unique way of dealing with their new life in Texas. If you would like to know a little more about the early days, visit the Pioneer Museum.
Fredericksburg had its fill of rowdy days too, with many saloons found on the Hauptstrasse (Mainstreet), trouble was sure to follow. As one story goes, the first records of Gillespie County were being stored above a saloon on Mainstreet. During a particularly rowdy brawl between locals, and soldiers from Fort Martin Scott, a fire was started, and some of the early records of Fredericksburg were lost. Fortunately copies of most of the land records were kept in Bexar County, so County officials were able to transcribe those records, some remaining in the German language, and preserve them for future generations.
Of course, we don’t want to forget that Admiral Chester Nimitz was born, and raised here in Fredericksburg, Texas. His portrait is prominently displayed in the Gillespie County Court House. His-story, along with many others, can be found at the National Museum of the Pacific War.
- Did you know that the Admiral Nimitz Museum, and was once the Nimitz Hotel?
- Did you know that the Nimitz Hotel was also the site of the shooting of James P. Waldrip, an infamous outlaw in Gillespie County?
- Did you know that the old live oak, found on the side of the Nimitz Museum, was not only the site where Mr. Waldrip was shot, but is also reported to be one of the hanging trees?
Looking for more than just history? Fredericksburg, Texas has a variety of things to do and see. Use the link below to find out some of the things a guest can enjoy while visiting the city, and the surrounding Hill Country. From art to antiques, dining to dancing, music to museums, Frederickburg offers something for everyone, and every budget.
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