One of the most delightful places to take your kids in the Texas Hill Country is the Sauer-Beckmann Farm, located at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park right outside of Stonewall, Texas.
Visitors can walk along the farm, interacting with the docents and farm animals. The employees love to show you their daily chores and talk about what life was like “back then”. The lack of modern day conveniences like air conditioning or a cold glass of water, boggled my kids minds, as we discussed how cumbersome it would be to get or make ice cream with a docent.
The turn-of-the-century Texas-German farm was settled in 1869 by Johann and Christine Sauer. The Beckmann family acquired the property in 1900 and continued to grow the farm after having a prosperous year from a good cotton crop. They were able to modernize the original rock home, creating a beautiful Victorian home on the property.
Each day, a docent slaves over this hot stove to create food of the time period for visitors to get a good perspective of how it was done – moms, this isn’t our modern kitchen filled with Cuisinart appliances! Where’s the microwave?!?
As you walk through the barns and home, you can touch and feel history – I thumbed through an old Sears & Robuck catalog – only $29.99 for a new double oven to cook all that food on! My kids loved to play with this toy – what they dubbed a first generation “view-master.”
The Farm is connected to the rest of the park with several beautiful nature trails to explore. One connects you directly to the Park’s Visitor Center.
The Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm is easy to do along with the LBJ Ranch and the Texas White House, all located on the Lyndon B Johnson National Historic Park.