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Step Back In Time While Visiting Boerne

Step Back In Time While Visiting Boerne

Boerne History
Long before Boerne became a popular tourist destination, it was an undeveloped region populated by Native Americans. In 1840, land surveyor John James ventured north from San Antonio into the Texas Hill Country to explore the magnificent terrain that is now the community of Boerne. The initial growth was slow, but Boerne eventually became known as a beautiful retreat with its healthy restorative properties and stunning scenery. Visitors have been warmly welcomed ever since.

Historic Herff Farm Homestead
One of the early first homes in Kendall County was owned by the Herff family. Guests can now explore the Herff Farm property, which is an important part of The Cibolo’s property, hike on trails through fields of wildflowers, shop at the weekly farmers market on Saturdays, participate in educational workshops, and peruse the educational gardens.

Kuhlmann-King Historical Complex
Perched atop a hill in downtown Boerne is a collection of structures that make up the museum complex. The Kuhlmann-King house and historic kitchen were once the home of the namesake families. The spaces house artifacts that shed light on what life was like in the Texas Hill Country in the 1880s. The Graham building was relocated to the complex and offers a collection of artifacts, including a switchboard from Boerne’s early telecommunication years. Make plans to take a tour and participate in educational programs that are offered on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

Old Jail Museum
Boerne’s newest historical attraction can be found in the historic Kendall County Jail and features a variety of collections and tours of Boerne and Kendall County’s past. Feel like getting locked up in the 1887 jail with an immediate release? Step on in and listen to the loud clank of the cell doors closing. It’s a moment you won’t soon forget.

The Agricultural Museum and Arts Center
Boerne’s roots are thick in agriculture. It’s only logical that there be a museum that pays homage to its past in the industry. Every Saturday, the Center opens to the public for exploration. Exhibits featuring tractors and other farming instruments are available, as well as a live blacksmith to show the public how it is (or was) done. Check their calendar for upcoming events, including regular antique tractor pulls.

The Family History Place
Does genealogy pique your interest? The Family History Place is a public library, bookstore, and historical research center operated by the Genealogical Society of Kendall County. A visit to the Family History Place in Boerne offers history buffs an opportunity to utilize numerous historical research websites, including Ancestry.com, Fold3, My Heritage, Find My Past, Newspaper Archives, Alexander Street Press, Paper Trail, 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archives, and more, at no cost.

Start Planning
A trip to present-day Boerne couldn’t be easier. Make plans around local festivities by consulting the calendar of events and scouting out other historic sites turned into popular businesses by downloading a copy of the Historic Walking Tour. If you prefer to plan on the fly or need any assistance while you are in town, reach out to or swing by the Boerne Visitors Center, where their friendly team of volunteers and staff are ready to help you craft your Boerne adventure.

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