175 Years of
A celebration of the Hill Country town that has become Texas’ ultimate travel destination.
John O. Meusebach couldn’t have imagined what would become of the settlement he established in 1846 on the Texas frontier. He found a tract of land 60 miles northwest of New Braunfels and bought 10,000 acres near the confluence of two streams, about 4 miles above the Pedernales River. The first German immigrants arrived on May 8, 1846, to the new town, which was named Fredericksburg after Prince Frederick of Prussia.
Nestled in the heart of the Hill Country, Fredericksburg continues to thrive today. The town holds tight to its German heritage in various ways with its beloved Main Street, restaurants, and cultural traditions. A proliferation of vineyards, wineries, galleries, and shopping have also infused the town with new energy and made it one of Texas’ most popular tourist destinations.
Fredericksburg celebrates its 175th anniversary this year. To celebrate one of our favorite Texas places, we’re exploring Fredericksburg’s history, culture, and singular offerings through stories both new and old.
Part I: The Origins and History of Fredericksburg
Part II: Food and Drink in Fredericksburg
By Sallie Lewis Longoria
Late Summer Grape Stomping Has Become a Texas Tradition
By Julia Jones