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Treasuring the Past & Looking Toward a Bright Future in Castroville

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The city of Castroville, located in the Texas Hill Country, maintains great pride in its humble beginnings. Colonized in the mid-1840s by a group from Alsace, France, it now carries the title of the “Little Alsace” of Texas, and rightfully so.  It’s a wonderful place in which visitors can learn about the settlement of the state, the pioneers who worked to establish roots here, and how the town became prosperous. It’s also a great place to find yourself experiencing unique events designed to promote the past while also looking toward the bright future of Castroville.

Treasuring the Past & Looking Toward a Bright Future in Castroville

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Pioneer Day is one such event that invokes a sense of community and is open for all to attend. On Saturday, October 13, the Landmark Inn will host this one-of-a-kind event, featuring storytelling, open-fire cooking, mules pulling a wagon, and so much more. By nightfall, guests can enjoy a guided campfire tour back in time to the year 1844! During the reenactment, they can listen in on the conversations of Alsatian colonists, Lipan Apaches, Tejano ranchers, and Texas Rangers. Exhibits will also be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with campfire tours commencing at 7 p.m. (free with a reservation). The cost of daytime admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children (6 – 17 years of age). Make your reservations today by calling (830) 931-2133.

Treasuring the Past & Looking Toward a Bright Future in Castroville

Photo: City of Castroville

The Landmark Inn is integral to your experience of Pioneer Day in Castroville. The historic inn tells the story of the community, which is recognized as one of San Antonio’s oldest suburbs. In its early settlement years, Castroville was home to a multicultural population, including African Americans and Hispanics, among others. The Landmark Inn, the store, surrounding homes, and the mill were all part of a community center or hub, providing services to locals and travelers. Since the 1920s, the Inn has become one of the state’s best-preserved historic structures. It not only allows for year-round family-friendly programming and events but also offers a uniquely immersive overnight experience in comfortable, historic lodgings. With all of this on the banks of the scenic Medina River, it’s tough to find a more picturesque and meaningful setting from which to enjoy the Hill Country. For more information on the Landmark Inn or to plan your visit, go to www.visitlandmarkinn.com or call 830-931-2133.

Treasuring the Past & Looking Toward a Bright Future in Castroville
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