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A Trip Back in Time to 19th-Century New Braunfels: History Comes Alive

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New Braunfels Conservation Society is one of the last great vestiges of historic Comal County in the Texas Hill Country, including their Old Town – a collection of historic buildings and artifacts showing what life was like in New Braunfels back when the town was founded in 1845. Their mission is to educate residents and visitors alike on the preservation and history of such historic buildings, artifacts, and sites, keeping the area’s exceptional heritage alive and well.

A Trip Back in Time to 19th-Century New Braunfels: History Comes Alive

Photo: Facebook/New Braunfels Conservation Society

A host of restored and period-furnished NBCS properties (circa 1849 through 1881) can be viewed at the link provided here. These structures utilized the “fachwerk” building method in which the bearing construction consists of horizontal, vertical, and diagonal timber beams. The buildings are arranged to form a German village through which visitors of Old Town can get a glimpse of how their forefathers lived.

A Trip Back in Time to 19th-Century New Braunfels: History Comes Alive
Photo: Facebook/Texas History: The Story of Us / Author Jeffrey Kerr

In keeping with their purpose, the NBCS also hosts annual fundraising initiatives designed to draw attention to Old Town. In order to continue the work of restoring and preserving such important pieces of Texas Hill Country history, the NBCS will be holding its annual Kaffee Haus from November 5 – 9 this year. It features a German luncheon in their 1865 General Store! If you can’t attend the event but would still like to support it, orders will be taken at (830) 832-9699. Running from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day, the menu includes a delicious assortment of German potato soup, German wurst, koch kaese, as well as pimento cheese, chicken, and ham sandwiches. Stemming from its initial, humble beginnings in 1966 (then called “Gartenfest”), the NBCS Kaffee Haus has grown over the years to become a mainstay in the Old Town at Conservation Plaza fundraising campaign. From the outset, it was designed as an annual venue that would tie-in with New Braunfels’ Wurstfest, offering potato soup and German music to tourists.

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