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Texas Hill Country Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Boerne


BUCOLIC TOWN, VINTAGE BASEBALL

Boerne hosts many celebrations year-around, including Berges Fest in June and The Boerne Village Band's summer Abendkonzerte. Most days it’s a treat to peruse the antiques stores, art galleries and specialty shops along “Hauptstrasse,” the German term for Main Street. Named for the German journalist Ludwig Boerne, the setting along Cibolo Creek was so pleasant and bucolic that Boerne gained a reputation as a health resort. To accommodate visitors, the historic “Ye Kendall Inn,” was converted from a residence to a hotel in 1878. This recorded Texas Historic Landmark features a two-story gallery and a wide, symmetrical façade. Agriculture also gained a toehold as a local industry, and when the railroad arrived in 1887, farmers and ranchers reached new markets for their wool, cotton and grain. The Agricultural Heritage Museum preserves Boerne’s agrarian past with blacksmith and woodworking shops offering demonstrations of belt-driven tools. The museum also sponsors a vintage baseball team, the Boerne White Sox, which plays in a statewide league using 1860 rules and wearing authentic, turn-of-the-century uniforms. In 2010, the community celebrated rededication of the 1870 Kendall County Courthouse, built in 1870 and expanded in 1886 and again 1909. The massive stone building was restored to its 1909 Romanesque Revival-style design with assistance from the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. 


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