Texas Hill County Museums and Historic Landmarks
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site
National Museum of the Pacific War at 311 E. Austin Street: The only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and World War II in the Pacific Theater. Located on a nine-acre site, the complex includes The National Museum of the Pacific War – George Bush Gallery, the Nimitz Hotel Museum, the Japanese Garden of Peace, the Pacific Combat Zone, the Plaza of the Presidents, the Surface Warfare Plaza, the Memorial Wall, the Veterans Walk of Honor and the Center for Pacific War Studies. In addition to nearly 45,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, the museum boasts an impressive display of Allied and Japanese aircraft, tanks, guns, and other large artifacts made famous during the Pacific War campaigns.
The Pioneer Museum Complex
The heritage of the hearty Texas pioneers comes alive at The Pioneer Museum Complex at 309 West Main Street. On three acres, right in the heart of town, you’ll be able to time travel to the past and see how the German settlers really lived as you visit almost a dozen historic buildings. From a blacksmith shop, typical homes, and a one-room school house to the Volunteer Fire Department Museum, and general store. Each May the Pioneer Museum celebrates Founder’s Day with hands-on events, music, and good German food.
Just a block off Main Street in the center of Marktplatz town square visitors learn even more about the town’s German heritage. The original octagonal structure, the first building constructed in town in 1847, played a major part in the history of the town because it served as a church for several denominations, as well as a school, meeting place and fortification for more than half a century.
East of Fredericksburg showcases many historical events during the year, but the favorite is the Pow Wow which has a virtual kaleidoscope of brilliant colors and native regalia. The fort was an active U.S. Army outpost from 1848 to 1853. Soldiers were trained, and it supported troops on scouting and patrol missions in the area.
Visiting the area? Check out all of the things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas in addition to going to the local museums and experiencing our cultural background.