4.5 based on 57 reviews
The Steinbach Haus was originally built in Alsace, France between 1618 and 1648 by the Steinbach family. This house is built with pegs so that it is movable. The Steinbach family lived in the house until 1988 when they disassembled it, numbering the beams and putting them in storage. The fachwerk beams were shipped from France to Castroville, TX in 1998, as a gift to the people of Medina County. The Alsatian volunteers came to Castroville and put the house back together, decorating it with furniture that was donated by the Alsatian people and shipped over. Now it serves as a museum and a visitor center for everyone to enjoy.
If you love history and the story of the people who settled Texas, a trip to Castroville is a must. Settled by people from Alcase-Lorraine in 1844, the settler maintained close ties with their homeland. The house was given to the city of Castroville in 1998 by the people of Walbach, Alsace, France. It was dismantled, numbered, shipped to Texas, and reassembled over a 4 year period by students from the Lycee Agricole (Agriculture College).
You may tour the house, including the 2nd floor. The timber work is from the Medieval period, and not often seen in the U.S.
The person at the desk is very helpful with pointing out other things to see/do in Castroville, as well as places to eat. Maps of Castroville and the Walking Tour area available, as well as a booklet that explains the original owners of the many historic buildings along the walking tour route.
Make this your first stop so you don't miss anything in Castroville.
4.5 based on 33 reviews
Surprised to see an rv park here as we had parked out of town. Nice swimming pool. Right by the Medina River with lots of picnic tables. Hiking trails go into the hills. Located on the edge of town but away from highway.
4.5 based on 27 reviews
I had a free afternoon while in San Antonio so I decided to drive to Castroville to visit this small historic town. And I was so delighted that I did. There is much to see (homes of German influence etc.) but one stop is truly required, the St Louis Catholic Church.
Both the Catholic Parish and Castroville were founded when Texas was a Republic. Henri Castro crossed the Medina River with his first colonists to found the town on September 3, 1844. Jean Marie Odin, a French priest who was the Vicar Apostolate in Texas and soon named the first Catholic Bishop of Texas, visited the new colony within a week. On September 12, Odin celebrated a Mass on the banks of the Medina River, and proceeded to the designated property to lay the cornerstone for a future church, placing the community under the protection of St. Louis, King Louis IX of France. St. Louis Catholic Church was one of the first ten parishes.
The churches architecture both inside and outside is beautiful. The alter is stunning. The church can hold approximately 450 for services with extra seating in the choir loft. The church can be rented (when available).
The Sacraments offered at St. Louis include Baptism, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Matrimony, and Communion.
Upon visiting bring your camera for some great photos but remember to show respect during services.
Enjoy…Hope this information was helpful to you, let me know.
Also, read my comments about Castroville as a city, Landmark Inn, Sammy’s Restaurant, and the Steinbach House.
Dr. Marc, PS 63:7
4.5 based on 11 reviews
We hiked up to the top of Cross Hill in a few minutes with ease. I was carrying our 3 month old son with ease. The view from the cross site is breath taking. The cross was erected over 100 years ago to help protect the town.
4 based on 17 reviews
*** YES WE ARE OPEN! Our two-year renovation project completed in December 2015. Please stop by for a tour or call for a reservation in our B&B. ***
The site is being renovated and what has been done is very nice. We peeked in on the cooking class and that might be worth attending. We enjoyed walking the grounds and seeing the antique-filled breakfast room and grist mill, but there isn't much else. I hope signage is the next part of the renovation. Friendly folks work the desk. What was valuable is we were given a map to see the nearby historic homes.
5 based on 6 reviews
This friendly shop is filled with handmade jewelry, cards, clothing and other items. The owner is very charming and welcoming. Definitely worth a stop!
4 based on 10 reviews
Absolute fun! The history is richly available and there are such a varied array of sights. The buildings are well maintained, the tour seems very safe to walk, the history is abundant. I had so much fun on this beautiful day. Rarely do I repeat experiences since there is so much to see and do in this life, but I would highly consider returning to this attraction. Wear comfortable shoes!
5 based on 5 reviews
I booked my wife a massage here while we were in town visiting family and she LOVED it. Very friendly and thorough staff. She was relaxed for the rest of the day.
5 based on 5 reviews
Crammed full of interesting and very well made pottery items in a range of colour schemes. Bought a pottery egg separator which I'd never come across before - and it works! There is a gallery and studio attached. Definitely worth a visit.
5 based on 4 reviews
The ladies in our group enjoyed visiting this store. William was such a delight to visit with. He offered cheeses and venison to taste and then proceeded to tell us the history of Castroville and his building. I certainly didn't expect to see a meat case in an antique store. But the most fun for me was when he took us down into the basement to see his western and Indian artifacts. That is my area of interest and he had some interesting stories and items to see. Loved it!
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