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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Blanco

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Blanco

Blanco is a charming and historical town that lies between almost an hour west of Austin and north of San Antonio.

In 1858, Gen. John D. Pitts and the Pittsburgh Land Company established the town, which featured a Methodist church, school and Masonic Lodge. Over the next few decades, its population boomed, even through the destructive Civil War. Since its early days, the town has been known as one of the biggest ranch and farm trade centers in Texas.

Here are a few more fun facts about Blanco that you might not have known.

1. Blanco State Park

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Blanco

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Blanco is a town surrounded by natural beauty. The Blanco State Park allows you to swim, hike or bike across 105 acres of breathtaking scenery. The spring-fed Blanco River is the perfect spot to cool off during a hot summer day. Grab your pole and enjoy a day of great fishing, or hop in a canoe for a relaxing day on the water. Even if you just take a long stroll around the park, this is a piece of paradise you need to see.

2. The Old Blanco County Courthouse

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Blanco

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The Old Blanco County Courthouse is an official Texas Historic Landmark, and for good reason. It’s unique architecture and memorabilia gives visitors insight to Blanco’s history. The courthouse has even been called one of the “finest examples of courthouse architecture from the late 19th century in Texas” by the National Register of Historic Places. Movie buffs might also recognize this beautiful building is also featured in scenes from the 2010 film True Grit.

From March through December, Blanco Market Day is held outside of the courthouse on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Local artists, shopkeepers and vendors gather to sell their goods and celebrate their town.

3. Buggy Barn Museum

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Blanco

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You can travel back in time to the 18th century by stepping into the Buggy Barn Museum. Explore how transportation has changed over the years by perusing their buggies, wagons, and carriages from throughout history. Some of their buggies have even been featured in popular television shows and films.

Visitors can even take a ride in a buggy through some of the most scenic areas of Blanco. It’s a great way to see the beauty and explore the history of the town in a fun and unexpected way.

4. Heron’s Nest Herb Farm

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Blanco

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Did you know Blanco is one of the premier spots to collect fresh herbs? At Heron’s Nest Herb Farm, you can explore trails filled with beautiful flowers and herbs that are ready to pick. Since it was first built in 2004, owners Fred and Melanie Van Aken have continued to expand the site, which also produces its own naturally-made beauty products.

Visitors to the farm can pick their own lavender from a trail that’s covered in beautiful natural stone or enjoy a cup of herbal tea in the garden. The farm owners also regularly hold classes that teach you how to expertly cook with fresh herbs.

5. Blanco Pioneer Museum

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Blanco

Photo: Facebook/Blanco Pioneer Museum

Opened in 2009, the Blanco Pioneer Museum provides another way to explore the town’s rich history. Located in the historic district downtown, the museum has showcased exhibits that feature mementos and historical artifacts from the town. These items are borrowed from longtime residents of the town, so each one has a special story that gives you a real human connection into Blanco’s past. If you want a truly intimate and up-close look into Blanco’s past, this is one place you have to visit.