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Walburg in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Zion Lutheran Church

Zion Lutheran Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson
1. Zion Lutheran Church Marker

Zion Lutheran Church of Concordia was established in 1882 as a place of worship for immigrants of German-Wendish descent. The Wends are a Slavic people from the German area of Lusatia, near the border with the Czech Republic and Poland. Settlers immigrated to Texas in the 1850s with the Reverend John Kilian. After founding a new homeland in present-day Serbin (Lee County), a number of the pioneers began migrating in the late 1870s to the northeastern part of Williamson County. Their settlement later became known as Walburg.

Under the guidance of the Reverend J.H. Maisch, settlers organized the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Concordia here. The church’s nine charter members were Wilhelm Andres, August Doehre, Albert Krause, John Neitsch, Albert Ramm, Andreas Schneider, Jacob Schomber, John Schulze and Carl Streich.

The church cemetery was also established in 1882, with the first recorded burial occurring the same year. Since education was of primary importance to the settlers, they also founded a school at that time which continues to educate students today.

The congregation grew throughout the years despite
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challenges. A fierce June 1886 tornado wreaked havoc on the community and moved the church building off its foundation. Members have rebuilt and placed additions on both the school and the church. After over a century, Zion Lutheran Church and school continue to impact the residents of Walburg and Williamson County by serving as a place of worship and an educational institute. Since 1971, the church has served the community through the annual Wurstbraten sausage supper.
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13588.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is June 13, 1886.
Location. 30° 44.553′ N, 97° 35.944′ W. Marker is in Walburg, Texas, in Williamson County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6001 FM-1105, Walburg TX 78673, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Community of Theon (approx. 1.4 miles away); James B. Williams (approx. 4 miles away); Daniel Harrison (approx. 4.1 miles away); Cornhill Cemetery (approx. 4.1 miles away); Corn Hill Community (approx. 4.4 miles away); John Berry, Frontiersman (approx. 4.7 miles away); City of Weir (approx. 4.7 miles away); Site of Neusser (Naizerville) (approx. 5.1 miles away).
Zion Lutheran Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson
2. Zion Lutheran Church Marker
The marker is to the far left of the church in this view.

Also see . . .  Zion Lutheran Church. (Submitted on December 8, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,189 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 8, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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