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“If you have not been to major historical government type places, this gives a little bit of it.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
199 State Park Road 52, P.O. Box 238, Stonewall, TX 78671
830-644-2252
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Stonewall
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, National Parks, Parks, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/bus tour, Group tours/day tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Visitors will enjoy a self-guided driving tour through the land where the former president was born and buried, plus his 717-acre ranch, you won't have to walk your feet off to see this state park. The park is home to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. The farm is a working farm that lets visitors step back in time and experience life on a German farmstead in the early 1900's. Throughout the park, visitors will find evidence from three cultures: Native American, Spanish and German. The Native Americans lived in the Hill Country, then the Spanish conquistadors, and in the early 1800s German immigrants settled there. Park visitors will also be able to picnic, fish, swim, and see Texas longhorn cattle. And note that there are two visitors centers, about 14 miles apart. The first is the National Park Visitor Center, run by the park service, and another operated by LBJ State Park and Historic Site near the ranch.
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“If you have not been to major historical government type places, this gives a little bit of it.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

Have traveled and seen many other historical and government related places, so this seems to be not unique or as interesting for the kids. It is ok since free and if your traveling through it is fine. We did the auto tour which allowed for stops and going at your own pace witj a given cd that becomes your tour guide. Most interesting part for kids was to see the airplane the president used.

Visited May 2013
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Kerrville, Texas
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“good scenery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Take a strole or just drive through. Awesome scenery. Well kept, clean with great pic-nick areas. Easy access and not out of the way.

Visited December 2012
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Texas
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“Well Worth the Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Visiting the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site is a must for persons interested in presidential politics. We visited on a Sunday morning, which was ideal. After checking in at the first Visitors Center, where we got a vehicle pass and a CD which provided us a description of what we were to see while driving through the ranch, we drove past the old Trinity Lutheran Church and through the ranch, stopping at several points of interest, such as the Junction School, the reconstructed birthplace of the 36th President of the United States, and the Johnson Family Cemetery, where President and Mrs. Johnson are buried. We also passed by the Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr., farmhouse, show barn, the airstrip, and the hangar, which houses one of the many Air Force One airplanes. Around 9:40 AM we arrived at the ranch’s Visitors Center, where we purchased tickets for a tour of the home. We walked around the Visitors Center, which was like a mini-museum, where we saw gifts the President would give out to visitors as well as a number of vehicles. At 10:00 AM a park ranger provided us a tour of the downstairs of the Texas White House, where phones and televisions were prevalent throughout. Sadly, photographs are no longer permitted inside the house. A tour of the house, provided by a knowledgeable park ranger, is a must.

Visited April 2013
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Fairfield, Iowa
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“Texas Whitehouse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

It's not to often you get to see the inside of a former president's home. His house has been restored to what it looked like in the '60s when Johnson was president. It was surprising how modest the house was-it's large but decorated simply. When I visited Johnson's daughter Lucy was speaking to high school students and the event was open to the public; she gave a nice speech about life in the White House. The grounds are well maintained and cows roam free. It was an overall nice stop. It took a bit longer than expected, about 2.5 hours.

Visited April 2013
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Clinton, Tennessee
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“It tells a story”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This park which is combined with a National Park tells a story of LBJ that conjures up an little different image than I had of the man. It shows the rough side but also the personal side of the father and how Lady Bird did stand her ground on some issues of the family life. Well worth the trip and the self driving tour of the park/ranch.

Visited April 2013
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