From pioneers to presidents!
Fredericksburg is filled with stories!
Some of the most visited attractions in the Texas Hill Country come with a history lesson built in. From World War II reenactments to treasured schoolhouses, take an interactive walk in the footsteps of our forefathers.
As you drive your own car around the ranch of our 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson, you can see his legacy of Hereford cattle still roaming the land, view the Johnson family cemetery and even go inside the schoolhouse he attended as a child. When you see the presidential airplane called “Air Force One Half,” you’ve arrived at his Texas White House (inside closed for renovations).
LBJ State and National Historical Parks
This state-of-the-art museum complex sits on 6 acres right in the shopping district of Main Street. It is so comprehensive and engaging that your ticket is valid for two days. Thanks to an abundance of WWII artifacts, poignant videos, and interactive kiosks, guests of all ages remain mesmerized throughout the visit. Sit on a real tank. Attend the Living History Reenactments (see calendar) or relax in the Garden of Peace.
National Museum of the Pacific War
Had enough of the smart phones and technology? Head on over to Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm and experience a real operating early 1900s homestead. Really. There’s no electricity! A handful of dedicated volunteers not only dress the part, they care for the animals, the garden, fences, and structures. They cook over a fire to make meals every day, they get water from their well and they host special events throughout the year. Plus, they make just about every kid that visits appreciate how good we have it today.
Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm
Head west on Main Street and you can’t miss the 3.5 acre Pioneer Museum complex. This assortment of historical structures is home to the Gillespie County Historical Society and the site of several local events including the fall Thursday Farmer's Market. Get a glimpse of what early days in Fredericksburg looked like by touring the old Kammlah House, one-room schoolhouse, bath house, barn, smokehouse and Sunday house. Enjoy the peace and quiet on the grounds or check the calendar for one of the annual events.
One of the most significant sites in Fredericksburg’s history, Fort Martin Scott was the first US military post on the western frontier and played an important part in the development of the area. Once alive with the activity of soldiers, this rich historical site welcomes visitors to wander the grounds at their leisure or come to one of the many events throughout the year.
Fort Martin Scott
Adjacent to Fort Martin Scott is the Texas Rangers Heritage Center. This 12-acre campus honors the mighty Texas Rangers that have served since 1897 to protect and help build this great area. A growing campus, the site currently features the Rangers Tower and memorial as well a pavilion and amphitheater for special events; and will eventually be home to a 26,000 sq. ft. world-class exhibit.
Texas Rangers Heritage Center