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Meet the Friends of Gillespie County Historic Schools

The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools are former students of the closed schools and members of the community, interested in preserving the traditions of the schools, the community clubs, and the history of Gillespie County for future generations.

For many years, these schools were places of learning for the Germancommunity in Gillespie County. During the 1950's and 1960's, the students who were attending the schools were consolidated into the Fredericksburg Independent School District. Although the schools are no longer used as places of learning, those that remain are continuing the traditions they established in the rural areas, serving as community centers.

Our schools are available for private functions, weddings, and other social activities, as well as group tours. To make arrangements, contact the rental contact representative on each individual school page. You can find a directory of our schools on our Schools Directory page.

Today, several properties are in need of preservation. The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools have taken on the responsibility of preserving and ensuring that these former schools will be the future parks for the residents of the county. We have a number of fundraisers throughout the year, including our annual Open House the first weekend in April. Several of the schools will be open to the public. Donations are always appreciated and are tax deductible.

Visit our exhibit in the Exhibition Hall during the Gillespie County Fair held each August. Support our annual Bake Sale held each December.

On April 4, 2009, The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools dedicated a historical marker commemorating the rich public school history in Gillespie County in a short ceremony. Click here to read more about it on our Plaque Dedication page.

Remember, the Gillespie County Country Schools Trail is open all year. Pick up a map at the Fredericksburg Visitor's Center or visit the White Oak School at the Pioneer Museum which is open daily. You can also visit our Driving Directions page for the complete schools trail directions.

Take a video tour of our schools by clicking on the image below.

You can also visit our School Store to purchase a DVD of the tour, which includes over 150 pictures of 12 former rural country schools located on the Gillespie County Country Schools Driving Trail, along with the history of each school. Suggested donation: $16 (donated shipping amount included).

Video tour of the Friends historic schools

Any school will be opened upon request. Visit our Schools Directory for representative contacts. We look forward to accommodating your group tour or special event.

Visit our Bed & Breakfast page to book your stay in a local Bed & Breakfast while you are in the Fredericksburg area.

August 2015
No open houses scheduled.

September 12, 2015
Open House

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cherry Spring School
(Click on the school name for a map and school description.)

October 10, 2015
Open House

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Rheingold School
(Click on a school name for a map and school description.)

November 2015
No open houses scheduled.

December 19, 2015
Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser

JEK's East, JEK's West,
and Chase Bank

More information will be announced in Fall 2015.

2016 Open Houses

Our 2016 open house schedule will be published at the end of 2015.

April 2, 2016
Open Houses

As part of our Annual Fundraiser weekend, the following schools on Route A will be open: Wrede, Pecan Creek, Cherry Spring, and Crabapple, along with Cherry Mountain. More information forthcoming.

April 2, 2016
9th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour

More information forthcoming.

April 3, 2016
Annual Fundraiser BBQ

More information forthcoming.

June 19-22, 2016
CSAA Annual Conference

More information forthcoming.

CSAA - Country School Association of America


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