Texas Hill Country Visitors Guide
Did you know that Gruene isn't a town and Texans pronounce it like the color "Green"? In native German, it's pronounced "grew-na". It is officially an Historic District that is part of New Braunfels. Gruene used to be its own community, but the 1920's a boll weevil blight and the Great Depression had caused everyone in the town to leave. By 1930, Gruene's population was down to 75. Shortly after World War II, highway construction bypassed the town and it became a ghost town. In 1979, New Braunfels annexed it.
Henry D. Gruene, the town's founder, originally bought land for a cotton farm in 1872 with his father and brothers. He built his first home in 1872 and modified it over the years. It still stands proudly with its Victoria galleries today as the Gruene Mansion Inn. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Texas Historic Landmark.
Behind the arch, there are numerous outbuildings that were part of the Gruene Mansion. These buildings were elegantly remodeled and are part of the Gruene Mansion Inn.
Gruene Hall, a bar and dance hall, was built in the 1880’s and soon became the social center for the community. It still stands at the end of Hunter Road and the intersection of Gruene Road. It is oldest dance hall in Texas and many country-singing stars and legends have performed there over the years. Willie Nelson, George Strait, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett are some of the well-known singers. A complete list of the singers is displayed inside the hall.
From Historic Gruene, Austin is 40 miles to the north, San Antonio is 25 miles to the south, and Houston is 160 miles to the east. New Braunfels and Canyon Lake are only minutes away.
Visitors from far and near, love the town of Gruene so much that they keep coming back every chance they get. No matter what your desires are, you are only moments away from shopping, eating, wine tasting, tubing, dancing, and lodging in just about any direction.
Enjoy a romantic getaway for two. This secluded cedar log cabin overlooks a pond into beautiful Texas sunsets. You will have the cabin with a gated entrance all to yourself. Close to Potters Creek Park on Canyon Lake.
Visit Historic Gruene Market Days the third weekend of every month from February to November and experience the charm of the historic community of Gruene.
Shop among 100 gifted handcrafted artisans and craftsman, sculpture, furniture, pottery, spices and much more. All of their vendors are strictly juried and sell only the finest handmade products and art in Texas.
Enjoy the Town Lighting and visit with Cowboy Kringle during our special Christmas Markets held the 1st weekend of December every year.
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