Fredericksburg Texas was founded in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Old-time German residents often referred to Fredericksburg as Fritztown, a nickname that is still used in some businesses. The town is also notable as the home of Texas German, a dialect spoken by the first generations of German settlers who initially refused to learn English. Fredericksburg shares many cultural characteristics with New Braunfels, which had been established by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels the previous year.
Fredericksburg has a charming downtown full of history, antique shops, and tasty restaurants. This Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Texas, and includes a refuge where the original settlers gathered to defend themselves from Apache and Comanche raids.
Horseback Riding in Fredericksburg TX
Surrounded by natural beauty and historic agriculture, horseback riding is a perfect match in the scenic Texas Hill Country. Bit and Bridle Stables, Circle K Trail Rides, and the Tres Molinos Ranch & Resort provide trail rides, boarding, overnight hotel, birthday parties, and other events for small to large groups of both novice and expert riders.
The communities in and near Fredericksburg and very horse-friendly and quite a few residents own horses. Contact Betty , a REALTOR who specializes in horse properties, if you are looking to buy or sell in Fredricksburg!
Agricultural & Historical Tourism
While Fredericksburg maintains its original small-town charm, agricultural, natural, and historical tourism have driven economic growth.
Fredericksburg is known as the Peach Capital of Texas for its ideal growing conditions. Herb farms, grape culture, lavender production, and wildflower seeds have become growing businesses in Fredericksburg. Combinations of agribusiness with day spas, wedding facilities, or bed-and-breakfast accommodations are not unusual. There is even a Texas Hill Country Lavender Trail and wine tours for day-trippers.
Lady Bird Johnson’s passion for Texas wildflowers sparked a high demand for seed. The 200-acre Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg produces 88 varieties of wildflower seeds. It is the largest family-owned wildflower seed farm in the United States and host of an annual Wildflower Celebration.
The Fredericksburg Brewing Company crafts local beer. A number of vineyards and related industry have also arisen making Fredericksburg a common destination for tourists visiting wineries in the Texas Hill Country.
Fredericksburg is also the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz and The National Museum of the Pacific War remembers and documents the sacrifice so many Americans made in World War II.