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“The Historical Heart of the Hill Country” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pioneer Museum Complex

Pioneer Museum Complex
309 W. Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
830-990-8441
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: This unique museum is spread out over 4 acres, and includes a general store, barn, and blacksmith shop among other 19th-century styled exhibits.
Waco, Texas
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“The Historical Heart of the Hill Country”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The things that makes the Pioneer Museum so great are the historic houses, two on their original site, and extensive collections of furniture and other artifacts brought or made by the German immigrants who settled Gillespie County. The crown jewel is the Kammlah house, one of the oldest houses in town and one that evolved over several decades. The front of the house, the earliest part, is an excllent example of fachwerk, the German style in which the wooden frame is infilled with stone or brick which is then plastered over. The later parts of the house are rock, using the native limestone for which is the Hill Country is famous. Also on the grounds is one of the very few authentic Sunday houses, the Weber house, which is beautifuly restored and furnished. Such houses were used by ranch families for shopping on Saturday and church on Sunday before heading back into the country. These blossomed between 1885 and 1920, when automobiles and trucks made travel between town and country so much easier. The Pioneer Museum is an essential stop for any visitor to Fredericksburg!

Visited April 2013
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“Outstanding attraction, well worth the time (and way cheap at $5)!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

This is one of the better museums of this type. 100% original and self guided, you can spend a leisurely hour to two learning about the characters who settled this area. Very informative and well done, this is a must see when visiting Fredericksburg, TX.

Visited November 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Interesting look at local history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Although small and self-guided, an interesting glimpse of the past. Well worth the admission charge.

Visited October 2013
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“Small Pioneer Village”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Interesting for being so small. Good recordings come on as you enter each building. Would be good for children to see how the pioneers in that area lived.

Visited September 2013
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“Nice. Nothing great.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

It's historic. There are buildings. It's interesting, but nothing fantastic. Worth spending a few bucks and an hour or so.

Visited September 2013
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