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“History in the Hill Country”

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
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$109.00*
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Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Wine Tasting Options
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Stonewall
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Visitors to this day use park can enjoy historical sites, picnicking, fishing, swimming, nature and wildlife viewing. As of May 2014, the park is home to part of the Official Texas State Longhorn Herd. If you plan to swim at the park, read through our swimming safety tips before you come. Be sure to visit the Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead, a living history farm, presented as it was in 1918. Interpreters wear period clothing, do the farm and household chores as they were done at that time, and conduct tours for the visitors. Located east of the visitor center, off the nature trail. The abundant wildlife of the Hill Country is highlighted by enclosures containing buffalo, longhorn and white-tailed deer. These animals have played a part in the park's history, and the local wildlife continues to be an important attraction for visitors. The park is famous for its spring wildflower display. The Visitor Center is the focal point of Lyndon B. Johnson State Park. It contains memorabilia from President Johnson's presidency and interactive displays about the land and people that shaped a president. Attached to the Visitor Center is the Behrens Cabin, a two-room dogtrot cabin built by German immigrant H. C. Behrens during the 1870s. The furnishings are typical of such homes in that period. Visitors can further explore the history of these immigrants by viewing the 1860s Danz family log cabin located just west of the Visitor Center. An auditorium in the visitor center complex will accommodate 234 persons for state performances or films. An outdoor amphitheater is used for a variety of programs. A nature trail, including a Hill Country botanical exhibit, winds past wildlife enclosures stocked with bison, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, other native wildlife, and longhorn cattle. Directly across the Pedernales River from the LBJ State Park is the LBJ Ranch, part of LBJ National Historical Park. The Annual LBJ Tree Lighting takes place in mid-December. Educational & Interpretive Programs Tours of the complex, including the Sauer-Beckmann farm with its smokehouse, Victorian style house, garden, and log house lasts approximately an hour; group reservations are accepted. No entrance fee is required, but donation boxes are available. Individuals and families can take the tour on a first-come, first-serve basis.Directly across the Pedernales River from the LBJ State Park is the LBJ Ranch, part of LBJ National Historical Park. Self-guided tours of the Ranch begin at the LBJ State Park Visitor Center. Among the sites on the Ranch are the one-room Junction School first attended by the four-year-old Lyndon B. Johnson in 1912, reconstructed birthplace and nearby Johnson family cemetery where the former President is buried, and the Texas White House. The drive also takes visitors through the pasturelands where Hereford cattle, descended from those owned by President Johnson, can be viewed. Self-guided tours of the LBJ Ranch begin at the LBJ State Park Visitor Center and are available daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, when the national park is closed. For more information & hours of operation, visit the LBJ National Historical Park web site. Check the calendar for upcoming events and programs. Natural Features The abundant wildlife of the Hill Country is highlighted by enclosures containing buffalo (American bison), longhorn and white-tailed deer. These animals have played a part in the park's history, and the local wildlife continues to be an important attraction for visitors. The park is famous for its spring wildflower display.
San Antonio, Texas
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“History in the Hill Country”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

This trip was most enjoyable. We were able to see the land and living quarters of President Johnson in the Texas Hill Country. Worth the time. The grounds are free and it's just $2.00 per person to tour the Texas White House.

Visited October 2012
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Fort Worth, TX
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“Very good, I recommend doing it”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

It costs $2 dollars to drive your car through the ranch and see the sights. You're given a CD to play in your car and it provides the narrative and soundbites for the trip. I had a much better sense of why LBJ was so in love with the countryside and getting back to the Texas White House. I thought Kennedy had set up a White House in Massachusetts but Johnson was the first. The times were changing and this family was witness to it all. For $2 a person you take a tour through the house. Inside, I felt as though it were 1968. They've used pictures and information from family members to return the first Texas White House to the way it was.

Visited October 2012
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Granite Shoals, Texas
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“Spring at the Texas White House”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

I always enjoy the LBJohnson State Historic Part, and one of the things I love the most is seeing the Texas White House

Visited May 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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“Great time at the LBJ Ranch!!”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

This was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I really enjoyed the audio cd. It was nicely done and very informative. We did not tour the home due to my mother's bum knee which causes difficulty walking but even without seeing the home I would definitely recommend people to come visit. We had a great time and the next time I am in the area I will return for another enjoyable visit.

Visited August 2012
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Flower Mound, Texas
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“Texas Proud”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

I had been here before in Jan 2004. I brought my wife this time and expected the same bus tour as they had back then. I was surprised that is was a car tour now and they use the CD player in the car to narrate the park. I found out that it had changed since Lady Bird had passed away. When I was there the first time they still had Secret Service around and had ilmitations on what was available. Was also happily surprised to find that the drive through the park was free.

The drive around was very nice and we got to see some beautiful cattle, a deer and some ostriches also. The highlight though was the NPS portion which was the Texas White House. This is the home of the Johnson's up until Lady Bird's passing. The house was restored to 1968 and was very nostalgic. For only $2/person it was well worth the money as it was basically frozen in time from when LBJ passed away. It is still a working ranch and there are also stops the show the way a ranch operates.

Highly recommended for anybody interested in history. If you went before 2007, you should also be pleasantly surprised at how much more of the park is available.

Visited July 2012
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