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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 German community 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.

October 11, 2014
Open Houses

11:00am-4:00pm
Williams Creek (Albert) School
(Click on the school name for a map and school description.)

November 8, 2014
Open House

11:00am-4:00pm
Pecan Creek School
(Click on the school name for a map and school description.)

December 20, 2014
Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser

7:30a.m. - 1:30p.m.

Locations:

Jeks Pit Stop
528 W Main St

Jeks Pit Stop
1110 E Main St

Complete details forthcoming.

January 17, 2015
Open House

11:00am-4:00pm
Nebgen School
(Click on the school name for a map and school description.)

February 14, 2015
Open House

11:00am-4:00pm Cave Creek School (Click on the school name for a map and school description.)

March 7, 2015
Open House

11:00am-4:00pm Pecan Creek School (Click on the school name for a map and school description.)

March 28, 2015
LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour

The 8th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour is including our historic schools in their tour. Click on the link above to visit their website for the latest details, information, and registration.

April 11, 2015
Annual Open House
Weekend

11:00am-4:00pm Route C (5 schools): Grapetown, Lower South Grape Creek, Luckenbach, Meusebach Creek, and Williams Creek Schools (Click on a school name for maps and school descriptions.)

April 12, 2015
BBQ Fundraiser Weekend

Details forthcoming early 2015.

May 9, 2015
Open House

11:00am-4:00pm Cherry Mountain School (Click on the school name for a map and school description.)

May 9, 2015
Texas Gran Fondo

For the second year in a row, the Texas Gran Fondo is including our historic schools in at least one of their routes. Click on the link above to visit their website for the latest details, information, and registration.

June 13, 2015
Open Houses

11:00am-4:00pm Crabapple School and Willow City School (Click on a school name for maps and school descriptions.)

July 4, 2015
Open House

11:00am-4:00pm Wrede School (Click on the school name for a map and school description.)

August 2015

No open houses scheduled.

September 2015
Open House

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

October 3, 2015
Open House

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

November 2015

No open houses scheduled.

December, 2015
Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser

Date and locations will be announced in Fall 2015.

Member
CSAA - Country School Association of America

 

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The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools, Inc.
P. O. Box 55
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
830-685-3321
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