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SAVE THE DATE
for 2016 ANNUAL CSAA CONFERENCE!


In June 2016, CSAA is heading to the Lone Star State, to the Texas Hill Country, and you are invited! We, the Friends of the Gillespie County Country Schools, are rolling out the red carpet for participants to the next annual conference slated for June 19-22, 2016, in Fredericksburg, Texas. Click here to visit our CSAA web page for detailed information.


Mary Pressler, CSAA 2016 committee member, made a Power Point Presentation for the CSAA 2016 Conference. Click on the image below to download and view the presentation. (If you don't have the Microsoft Power Point app on your computer, you can download a free viewer here.)

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.
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.

February 27, 2016
Open House

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cave Creek School
(Click on the school name for a map and school description.)

March 2016 Open House

No open houses scheduled.

April 2, 2016
Open Houses

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
As part of our Annual Fundraiser weekend, the following schools will be open: Wrede, Pecan Creek, Cherry Spring, Crabapple, Cherry Mountain, and Junction.

April 2, 2016
9th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour

More information forthcoming.

April 3, 2016
Annual Fundraiser BBQ

More information forthcoming.

May 2016 Open House

No open houses scheduled.

June 18, 2016
Open Houses

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grapetown School and
Meusebach Creek School
(Click on a school name for a map and school description.)

June 19-22, 2016
CSAA Annual Conference

July 4, 2016
Open Houses

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

6:30-10 p.m.
Wrede School
(Click on the school name for a map and school description.)

August 6, 2016
Open House

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Willow City School
(Click on the school name for a map and school description.)

September 3, 2016
Open House

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Luckenbach School
(Click on the school name for a map and school description.)

September 11, 2016
Open House

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lower South Grape School
(Click on the school name for a map and school description.)

October 8, 2016
Open Houses

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Williams Creek School
and Junction School
(Click on a school name for a map and school description.)

November 2016 Open House

No open houses scheduled.

December 17, 2016
Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser

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

More information will be announced in Fall 2016.

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CSAA - Country School Association of America

 

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