Texas Hill Country Trail Region

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

Historic Houses

Thistle Hill, Fort Worth
Thistle Hill, Fort Worth


When is a house not a home? When it's a museum. Our fascination with wealth and grandeur, particularly when expressed in the architecture of early residential Texas, inspired the rescue and restoration of beautiful historic homes across the state. Many still display their original contents and most are open to the public. These monuments, some with crisp, clean, conservative lines and others kitted out with over-the-top opulence, signify the rewards that could be had from a late 19th and early 20th century free-market economy...for some Texans at least. Most of the rest of us were living with more modest accommodations, which suggests an additional reason-history and architecture aside-why we love our historic homes so much. We get to see how the other half lived, wander over their fine oriental rugs, promenade up and down their grand staircases, run our fingers along their walnut credenzas, and imagine sitting in their wing-backed, buffalo hide chairs reading a book by gaslight. So go ahead. Have a peek into the boudoir. The Mister and Misses are out.

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Upcoming Events

  • September 9, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

    Gillespie County Historic Schools
    325 W Main St
    Fredericksburg  Texas  78624
    United States

    Three Historic Gillespie County Country Schools will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for visits and tours. No admission charge. Cherry Spring ~ 5973 Ranch Road 2323, Pecan Creek ~ 3410 Pecan Creek Rd, and Crabapple ~ 14671 Lower Crabapple Rd.

  • September 16, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

    Historic Wrede School
    3828 S State Highway 16
    Fredericksburg  Texas  78624
    United States

    Historic Gillespie County Country School will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for visits and tours. No admission charge. Wrede School (3828 S State Highway 16).