Trace Texas’ Wendish history at museums and more in Giddings

About 60 miles east of Austin is the city of Giddingshome to beautiful parks and quaint shops as well as a number of historical sites.

Discover these four attractions that pay homage to the city’s history and the significant events that define it.

Lee County Museum
Located in the historic 1879 Schubert-Fletcher House, originally built by Wendish settler August Schubert for his wife and 10 children, the Lee County Museum showcases the history of the county from the first Wendi settlers through These days. Not familiar with Wendish history? Maybe you are, and you just don’t know it.

“Wend” is a historical name for Slavs living near German colonies, and in 1854 Wends living in Lusatia in Europe were seeking greater freedom in central Texas. Today, thousands of Texans and other Americans (many unaware of their origin) can claim Wend heritage.

At the museum, you will also discover the history of the two homonymous families who occupied the Schubert-Fletcher house. In the military hall, interesting wartime artifacts from Lee County veterans, including a water-cooled German machine gun, are on display.

Another highlight is a historic cistern, which was part of a water system created by city founders JD Giddings and Dewitt Giddings.

And don’t miss the small cottage on site that was originally built by Roy Fletcher. It is now a research library operated by the Lee County Historical Commission, with all kinds of documents, books, and references available for history buffs.

Find the Lee County Museum in Giddings Courthouse Square, across from the Lee County Courthouse which was built by famed courthouse designer J. Riely Gordon in 1899.

Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center
Book lovers, you’ll love this historic library, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020 and boasts an impressive collection of 38,000 books in 19,000 square feet.

And these aren’t just books to flip through, either. It’s also home to the largest permanent public display of Native American artifacts (over 2,400!) in the state, as well as baseball memorabilia from “town hero” Hilton Smith.

The library even hosts a Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival each November, honoring Texas authors.

Veterans Honor Park at Veterans Park
A special portion of Giddings Veterans Park serves as a memorial to Lee County veterans of all four branches of the military, as well as POWs and MIAs.

In addition, four tracked military vehicles are on display: an M110 tracked howitzer; an M728/M60 tank; and two M113 armored personnel carriers.

911 Memorial at Giddings Fire Station
Pieces of two steel girders from the World Trade Center in New York City were painstakingly purchased by the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department after the incident and driven to Giddings, “draped in an American flag the entire time.” travel “. You can find them on display outside the fire station.

For maps and more things to do in Giddings be sure to drop by the Giddings Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center while at the Lee County Museum – it is also located in the Schubert-Fletcher House.

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