Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Vogel Sunday House
In the 1880s German immigrant Christian Vogel (1824-1889) built the left half of this structure to house his family while in town for Saturday trading and Sunday church services. His son Amandus (1854-1898) and daughter-in-law Elizabeth (Weber) (1857-1944) added the right half and covered it with pressed tin at the turn of the century. It was used as a Sunday House by Elizabeth until her death and remained in the family until 1947.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1982
Erected 1982 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10124.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture.
Location. 30° 16.851′ N, 98° 52.65′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker is at the intersection of West Austin Street and North Edison Street, on the right when traveling west on West Austin Street. The marker is located 100 feet east of the Austin and Edison intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 418 West Austin Street, Fredericksburg TX 78624, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Loeffler - Weber House (about 600 feet away); The Johann Joseph Knopp House (about 700 feet away); Christian Crenwelge Place (about 700 feet away); Republic of Texas German Immigrant Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sunday Houses (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Kammlah House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gun Cap Factory (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Also see . . . Sunday Houses. Sunday houses were small second dwellings maintained near a church as a weekend place of residence. They became popular in the late 1800s among farmers and ranchers who lived in areas too remote to permit commuting to services. The families owning such houses normally left their farms and ranches Saturday morning, journeyed to town, took care of shopping and business, attended an evening dance or party, and spent the night in the Sunday house. On Sunday they attended church in the morning and either returned home in the afternoon or attended Sunday school in the afternoon, and then spent a second night in town. Source: The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on January 3, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 3, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.