Introduction to Fredericksburg, Texas
Fredericksburg, Texas, in Gillespie county, is 63 miles N of San Antonio, Texas.
Fredericksburg, which was established in 1846 by a group of about 150 German immigrants, was named "Fredericksburg" in honor of Prince Frederick of Prussia. After these settlers planted corn, the population increased to a thousand as new immigrants arrived. A Catholic school was established in 1856. The citizens of the city initially refused to learn English and English-speaking teachers were not appointed. In 1913, the city became a part of the San Antonio, Fredericksburg and Northern Railway. Fredericksburg still celebrates its German heritage with events like men's Wild Game Dinner, women's Damenfest, and the Oktoberfest.
Fredericksburg and Nearby Attractions
- Admiral Nimitz Museum and Historical Center
- Pioneer Museum and Vereins Kirche
- Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
- Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
- SeaWorld San Antonio
Things To Do In Fredericksburg
Exhibits displayed at the Admiral Nimitz Museum and Historical Center narrate the exploits of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz during the Second World War. Fredericksburg is home to the Pioneer Museum and Vereins Kirche. The Pioneer Museum features over 1,000 artifacts reflecting the domestic life, ranching and farming, and commerce of the region during the 19th and early 20th century. Various historically significant memorabilia are housed in the Hill Country Museum. The nearby Longhorn Cavern State Park is popular for its cave tours and nature trails. The 1,643-acre Enchanted Rock State Natural Area on the Big Sandy Creek offers opportunities for hiking, climbing, and camping. Among other popular attractions are the San Antonio Zoo, Kerrville-Schreiner State Park, and SeaWorld San Antonio.
Air transportation is available from San Antonio International Airport.
Fredericksburg Higher Education
Schreiner University, Texas State University, and Saint Mary's University of San Antonio are some of the colleges near Fredericksburg.