Visiting the Texas White House

The Texas White House - Stonewall, TX - Two Worlds Treasures

“What? The Texas White House?” you may ask. Yes, there is a White House in Texas. It’s where our 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson, did his political activity during his presidential. Located in Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park at Stonewall, in this park we can also learn a lot about his birth, childhood, political career, retirement, and death.

White House in Texas - LBJ Natl. Hostorical Park - Stonewall, TX - Two Worlds Treasures
Welcome to Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.

 

Visiting the Texas White House in Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Our first stop when we arrived at the park was Junction School, a typical one-room school where the President started school at the age of 4. He only attended school for several months in 1912 though, since the school closed early due to a whooping-cough epidemic. Here we found a piece of information that said the president learned how to read from his mother before he started school. I pointed it out to our son and he thanked me for doing the same thing. We then took pictures at the picnic table where he signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act on April 11, 1965 with Miss Katie Deadrich, his first teacher at his side.

 

Visiting a Texas White House - LBJ Natl. Historical Park - one-room school - Two Worlds Treasures
A typical one-room school where LBJ started school at the age of 4.

 

Visiting the Texas White House - LBJ Natl. Historical Park - historic picnic table - Two Worlds Treasures
Here we are at the historical picnic table.

 

Then we stopped to see the family cemetery under big live oak trees. It owns by the Johnson family privately and they request visitors to not enter the cemetery.

 

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The family cemetery.

 

Then we crossed the street to visit his reconstructed birthplace. Just like a typical house at the time, it separated into two wings: the bedrooms and the activities rooms (kitchen/dining room).

 

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In front of LBJ’s reconstructed birthplace.

 

Visiting the Texas White House - Stonewall, TX - LBJ family outhouse - Two Worlds Treasures
Yes, they still used outhouse at that time.

As we followed the street to the ranger station, we had to stop several times to let the cattle raised in the park crossing the street to the water source. I asked a ranger what they do with the cattle. He said they sell them but they don’t really make a lot of money because they’re just regular kind.

 

 

At the ranger station we got to see more of history of the president as well as his private jet and cars collection, including his white Lincoln convertible and Amphicar. There were several important documentation from his presidential on display, including phone conversations between LBJ and his cabinets and famous world leaders at that time. An hour gone by easily without we realized it.

 

The Texas White House

The Texas White House where he did his political activity during his presidential located just next door. We didn’t do the house tour because the wait line was long but we got to see it from outside. Of course, we sat on the swing by the Pedernales River. Imagine how the First Family spent their time here on those days.

 

The Texas White House.

 

 

 

Our son also got his Junior Ranger badge here. It’s a good program that you might encourage your children to do it whenever you visit the Texas White House or any other state parks in Texas as well as National Parks around the country. By doing it, they learn more about places they visited.

Have you been to Texas White House? Tell me what you think about the place. If you haven’t been there, now it’s the time to take your family for a historical visit.

 

Visited: Spring Break 2016.

Location: 199 Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671. Phone: (830) 644-2252.

 

Tips:

– It’s free.

– Obtain a free driving permit at the Visitor Center to visit the LBJ Ranch (the one in Stonewall).

– You can easily spend an hour at this park to learn about our 36th president.

– Encourage your child to do the Junior Ranger program.

 

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  1. Meagan says:

    What a fun – and educational – place to visit! Thanks for sharing all the history, too. Love learning something about our country’s history 🙂
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    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      When you have a student in the family, it’s good to visit places like this and for adults, it’s a place to refresh the memory.:-)

  2. This is so interesting. I never knew that Texas had a White House.

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Well, we didn’t know it until spring last year. And I’m pretty sure not all Texan know it.

  3. Didn’t know that there is a special historical park dedicated to Lyndon Johnson. This seems like a very interesting place with a lot to see and learn about the former US president.
    And there’s also the White House? 😀 Nice touch. 😉

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      He came from that area. In fact, there’s another park part of the LBJ Historical Park in a different city not far from there. But we ran out of time that week. I wasn’t born and raise here, so I learned a lot of U.S. History from places like this.

  4. Stacy says:

    I love this. Georgia has their own Little White House in Warm Springs. It is Roosevelt’s property.
    https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/presidents/roosevelts_little_white_house.html

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Really? We haven’t been to Georgia and will make sure to stop there. Thank you.

  5. Chloé says:

    Woah this isn’t so interesting!! Really didn’t know about this until today!! Thanks for this info!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      You are welcome!

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