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Near Stonewall in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm

Step back in time ... to experience German Texan farm life from 1915 to 1918

 
 
Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
1. Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm Marker
Inscription.  Here, costumed interpreters carry out the day-to-day activities of a turn-of-the-century German-Texas farm family. You might spot them plowing the garden with a team of horses, or watch them tend the farm animals. Daily chores include milking, gathering eggs and slopping the hogs. Household duties include cooking, scrubbing the floors with homemade lye soap, canning, churning butter and making cheese.

Johann and Christine Sauer and their four children settled this land in 1869. By 1885, they had built several stone buildings near the original rock and log cabins. Eventually, the Sauers had ten children. One of those, Augusta Sauer Lindig, served as midwife at President Johnson’s birth.

The Beckmann family acquired the property in 1900. A good cotton crop in 1915 allowed Emil and Emma Beckmann to make several improvements to the homestead. They built porches connecting to a lovely Victorian house covered with fashionable tin. They also added a frame room onto the old rock structure and built a new barn.

In 1966, Edna Beckmann Hightower sold the site to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Archeological surveys
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and restoration work were undertaken, and the farm opened to the public in 1975.


The 1915-1918 Sauer-Beckmann Farm is the most recent German Hill Country home in the park. Contrast the Sauer-Beckmann Farm's Victorian refinements with the humble cabins elsewhere in the park.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
 
Location. 30° 14.195′ N, 98° 37.427′ W. Marker is near Stonewall, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker can be reached from Park Road 52, 0.2 miles north of U.S. 290. Marker is located at the west nature trail entrance to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm in Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site; the above directions are to the main entrance to the park’s visitor center parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 199 Park Road 52, Stonewall TX 78671, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Farm History (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Longhorn Cattle and White-Tail Deer (about 500 feet away); Within These Walls / Small Spaces, Many Faces (about 800 feet away); What is the President pointing to anyway? (approx.
Marker at Nature Trail Entrance to Farm image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
2. Marker at Nature Trail Entrance to Farm
0.2 miles away); A Grand Entrance (approx. 0.2 miles away); An American Icon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buffalo (Bison) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Low Water Crossing (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stonewall.
 
Also see . . .  Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site - Official Website. (Submitted on November 28, 2015.)
 
Additional commentary.
1. Identical Markers
There are interpretive signs identical to this marker at the east nature trail entrance and parking lot entrance to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm.
    — Submitted November 28, 2015.
 
Original Rock Cabin of Farm image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
3. Original Rock Cabin of Farm
Sauer-Beckmann Farm Victorian Home image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
4. Sauer-Beckmann Farm Victorian Home
Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
5. Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 28, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   4. submitted on November 29, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   5. submitted on November 28, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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