Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Market Square (Marktplatz)
This Square, originally a two-block area which included what is now called the Courthouse Square, has been at the center of Fredericksburg since the city's founding in 1846. The area was still heavily forested when the town's Vereins Kirche was built in the center of Main street in 1847. The octagonal building served as a community church, meeting place, school, and refuge from possible Indian attacks.
A county jail was built on the Square in 1852. In 1856 a public schoolhouse was constructed and the school classes moved out of the Vereins Kirche. In 1911 the schoolhouse was converted to serve as headquarters for the volunteer fire department.
The Vereins Kirche, demolished in 1897, was reconstructed in 1934-35 as a pioneer memorial, serving as the county's first museum (1936) and library (1939). As part of its centennial celebration, the State of Texas erected a monument on Market Square in honor of Baron Ottfried Hans Freiherr Von Meusebach, whose colonization efforts led to the founding of Fredericksburg. In 1987 the city purchased the property from the school district. The Market Square has served as a gathering place for special community activities and has remained a focal point of the city.
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker
Location. 30° 16.58′ N, 98° 52.382′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker can be reached from West Main Street (U.S. 87/290) east of North Crockett Street. Touch for map. Marker is in the courthouse square north of West Main Street. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg TX 78624, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vereins Kirche (within shouting distance of this marker); Otfrid Hans Freiherr von Meusebach (within shouting distance of this marker); Gillespie County Country Schools 1846 to 1970's (within shouting distance of this marker); Frank Valentin Van Der Stucken (within shouting distance of this marker); Lasting Friendship (within shouting distance of this marker); A Lasting Friendship (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob Brodbeck (within shouting distance of this marker); Gillespie County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Additional keywords. German-Americans; community development.
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers •
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