If you want to learn about early farm living in Fredericksburg, don’t forget to stop at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site. One of the places of interests in Hill Country, located just before you go to Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.
Here we visited Sauer-Beckmann farm, a living history farm, where interpreters wore period clothing, did the farm and household chores as they were done back in 1900s. We walked into the barn where they put all the tools used in the farm back then. Chickens were roaming the farm and we could pick into their coop and saw fresh eggs lying on the nest.
We could walk into the rooms in the house where they displayed furniture and household items they used back then. We walked to the laundry room that was separated from the main house and teased our son to wash clothes using washboard and an old washing machine. I told him that in Indonesia and a lot of countries on the other sides of the world, that’s how most people do when they wash clothes until today.
We also learned how they made and preserved sausages without freezer. We also walked around the farm to see bison but there weren’t any at the time. We spent about an hour and a half there.
The History of Sauer-Beckmann Farm
The setting for this farm is an authentic Hill Country farm. The Sauer family settled this land in 1869, eventually prospered and grew and by 1885 built several buildings in addition to the original rock and log cabin. They had 10 children and one of them, Augusta Sauer Lindig, served as a midwife at the birth of President Johnson.
The Beckmann family acquired the property in 1900. In 1966 the ancestor sold the site to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. After restoration worked, the farm opened to the public in 1975. Since then, it became one of the places to learn about farm living at the beginning of the 20th century in Fredericksburg. It is open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. year-round, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Visited: Spring Break 2016.
Location: 199 Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671. Phone: (830) 644-2252.
– Stay as long as you want.
Note: Go to http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson for more information.
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