Castroville Offers a Slice of France in the Middle of the Texas Hill Country

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Do you have an affinity for all things French? Did you know that you can get a little taste of France in the Texas Hill Country? In Castroville, Texas sits The Steinbach Haus, an authentic French home that was moved to Texas in the 1990s. There are also still remnants in Castroville of the French culture that helped to settle the town in the 1800s.

The Steinbach Haus


Photo: Facebook/SteinbachHausVisitorsCenter

Though it sits in the middle of the Texas Hill Country today, the Steinbach Haus got its start in France. Built in the 1600s by the Steinbach family in Alsace, France, the home was inhabited until 1988. It was then shipped to Castroville (west of San Antonio) in 1998 as a gift from the people of Alsace to the town of Castroville. The idea was that the house would serve as a historical research center and encourage tourists to visit France.

The house was originally shipped to Houston in 1998 and made its way to the Texas Hill Country via truck, where it was re-assembled and lovingly restored. The restoration of the interior of the Steinbach Haus began in 2001 and then the home was furnished with traditional Alsatian furniture and household items that were donated by the people of France. The Steinbach Haus was officially opened to the public in 2002, where it stands as an important reminder of the French heritage of the many who still make their homes in the Texas Hill Country.

Castroville: “The Little Alsace of Texas”

Little Alsace of Texas
Photo: Facebook/castrovillechamberofcommerce

Castroville is called,”The Little Alsace of Texas,” thanks to the founder of the town, Henri Castro, who was born in France in 1786. Castro built the settlement of Castroville in 1845 and set about investing great sums of money in livestock that helped the settlement to grow and prosper.

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