About the Event

Join Landmark Events historian Bill Potter as he leads a short but substantial tour through the Texas Hill Country,  a region settled first by Indians, and then primarily Germans (and everyone else Mexico could entice to populate their northern lands). You’ll visit the incredible National Museum of the Pacific in Fredericksburg along with several Lyndon B. Johnson sites nearby. While in Fredericksburg you will have an opportunity to sample some genuine German cuisine before we cap off our day with a hike up the geologic wonder known as Enchanted Rock. The following day we head into Austin to visit heroes of Texas in the State Cemetery, stop by the very interesting French Legation House, and finish at the largest Capitol Building in the land for a survey of key outdoor monuments and a most interesting talk by Mr. Potter entitled “How to Tour a Capitol as a Christian.”

Tour Highlights

Lyndon B. Johnson’s Boyhood Home

It was the first week of March, 1937, when Lyndon Johnson stood on the porch of his boyhood home to announce his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives for the Tenth District of the State of Texas. So began a career in public service that spanned more than three decades, culminated in the presidency of the United States, and ushered in landmark legislation such as Medicare, Head Start, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and forty-three national park authorizations or additions. Looking back, we see clearly the impact of Johnson’s policies and it’s not all good.

LBJ State Park and Historic Site and Ranch

Lyndon B. Johnson, our 36th president, was born and raised in the Texas Hill Country. But his story is not the only one told here. Experience life on a Texas-German farm and marvel at American bison and Texas longhorns.

Fort Martin Scott

Fort Martin Scott was the first U.S. Army outpost built on the Texas Frontier. The old military fort was in operation from 1848 to 1853 by the U.S. Army. Texas Rangers used the site as a camp, both before and after military occupation. During the Civil War, the Confederate States Army occupied the fort for a brief period. Later abandoned and then purchased and used by the Braeutigam family as a farm, the property was purchased by the City of Fredericksburg in 1949.

National Museum of the Pacific

The National Museum of the Pacific War (NMPW) is recognized today as a world-class, cultural institution. A Smithsonian Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, NMPW provides the nation’s most comprehensive account of World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific theater. Remaining true to its promise to Admiral Nimitz: to honor all who served and supported the war effort in the Pacific, the Museum proudly presents the facts, stories, and authentic artifacts of the Pacific War for today and generations to come.

Enchanted Rock

The massive pink granite dome rising above Central Texas has drawn people for hundreds of years. The mile long trail to the top affords outstanding views from the summit.  This optional hike provides a relaxed fellowship opportunity  and is a nice way to close our day.

State Cemetery

Efforts to establish the Texas State Cemetery began in 1851, with the death of General Edward Burleson. Burleson served with Sam Houston in the Battle of San Jacinto and as Vice President of the Republic of Texas. Throughout the years other notable Texans have been buried on Cemetery grounds including: Stephen F. Austin, General Albert Sidney Johnston, 31 Texas Rangers along with 16 signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

French Legation House

One of the oldest houses in Austin, the French Legation opened in 1841 as a home and diplomatic outpost for the French chargé d’affaires to the Republic of Texas, Alphonse Dubois, after France recognized the Republic of Texas as a sovereign nation. The site tells the story of Texas’ settlement and the growth of one of the capital city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

State Capitol Tour

The Republic of Texas established Austin as the capital in 1839. A log cabin with two large rooms and smaller meeting rooms served as the Capitol. An eight-foot stockade fence surrounded the structure for protection during Indian raids. In 1880 Texas officials announced a nation-wide design competition for the new Capitol with an award of $1,700. In 1885 the cornerstone was laid, and over 1,000 people began construct a building that had 392 rooms, 924 windows and 404 doors upon completion. It remains the largest, bigger than the US Capitol, and most beautiful capitols in the country.

Tour Includes

  • Admission to all venues
  • All guide and docent fees
  • Electronic headset receiver for ease of hearing guides
  • Biblical/providential interpretation from historian Bill Potter
  • Rich fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ
  • Landmark Events’ signature service throughout the tour

Ticket Prices

Register the first four people in your family, adults first, into the proper ticket type. Register the rest under the  Additional Family Member ticket and  enjoy the lower price!
Adult (16+):$99
Youth (5-15):$69
Add’l Family (unlimited):$49
 

Event Schedule
(Locations subject to change)

Wednesday, March 22

8:30am LBJ Boyhood Home  – Johnson City
(200 E Elm St, Johnson City, TX 78636)
  13.8 miles ≈ 14 minutes
10:30am LBJ State Park and Historic Site – Ranch
(199 Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671)
  0 miles ≈ 0 minutes
11:30am LBJ Ranch – NPS
(199 Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671)
  14.4 miles ≈ 16 minutes
  Fort Martin Scott Historic Site
(1606 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624)
  2.4 miles ≈ 6 minutes
2:00pm National Museum of the Pacific
(311 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624)
  17.4 miles ≈ 23 minutes
4:30pm Enchanted Rock
(16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624)
  0 miles ≈ 0 minutes
8:00pm Food, fun and fellowship – hotel TBA

Thursday, March 23

  0 miles ≈ 0 minutes
8:00am State Cemetery
(909 Navasota St, Austin, TX 78702)
  0.4 miles ≈ 2 minutes
10:00am French Legation House
(802 San Marcos St, Austin, TX 78702)
  1.4 miles ≈ 6 minutes
11:00am State Capitol Tour
(1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701)

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