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!
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