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History Brought to Life: Have a Blast at Heritage Day in New Braunfels

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Happening on November 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture will be hosting Heritage Day in New Braunfels, and if you’re on the fence about attending, it just might be a fence that was constructed by the very craftsmen (and women) the museum showcases! Well, in actuality the museum is home to one of the largest collections of the Biedermeier furniture style that German immigrants and settlers of the area began crafting upon their move to the Texas Hill Country.

History Brought to Life: Have a Blast at Heritage Day in New Braunfels

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For those yet unfamiliar with the background of New Braunfels, a brief history lesson will help to connect the dots. Germany was considerably overpopulated back in the 1840s. It was also in the midst of suffering from a considerably long drought. Starvation, coupled with economic woes, resulted in an estimated 10,000 immigrants making their way to Texas to start fresh with new opportunity. And, they did so quite enthusiastically, bringing with them their trade skills and workmanship. Everyone from minor nobility to farmers, businessmen and skilled tradesmen made the voyage to settle in Texas. With that move came access to new natural resources. Combining these raw materials with their talents, they developed the Texas Biedermeier style of furniture. These items were constructed with extreme care and attention to detail, making them high-quality pieces of craftsmanship. To this day, many of these original pieces can be found in excellent condition, maintained at the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture.

History Brought to Life: Have a Blast at Heritage Day in New Braunfels

Photo: Facebook/Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture

Located on the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas, a.k.a. The Royal Road of Texas, the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture’s collection is curated from the works of local artisans (the very people who originated in Germany and became some of the first residents of New Braunfels). Even its grounds – dotted with ancient live oaks, gorgeous Texas wildflowers, and many a native plant species – reflect the work of one such German immigrant who made a name and a living here in the Texas Hill Country. Ferdinand Lindheimer, known as the “Father of Texas Botany” identified, named, and cataloged a number of Texas plant species, including the very prickly pear cactus that now lines the drive to this prestigious property paying homage to its local ancestry. The museum hosts weekly living history events on Fridays and Saturdays, bringing the past to life before the very eyes of its visitors! Not only that, but guests can shop the on-site general store, selling period toys, games, cosmetics, and other such goods to accent their trip and serve as great reminders of their wonderful visit.

History Brought to Life: Have a Blast at Heritage Day in New Braunfels
Photo: Facebook/Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture

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