Fredericksburg, Texas is deeply rooted in a tradition of families finding a good life in a new place with the help of friends and neighbors. Working together, Fredericksburg's founding fathers created a city where all could live up to their potential, participate in activities and benefit from services to enhance the quality of their lives. The spirit of working together to create a beautiful, thriving community is still alive today in Fredericksburg.
Fredericksburg, the seat of Gillespie County, is seventy miles west of Austin in the heart of the Texas Hill County. The town was one of a projected series of German settlements from the Texas coast to the land north of the Llano River, originally the ultimate destination of the German immigrants sent to Texas by the Adelsverein. Surveyor Hermann Wilke laid out the town, which John Meusebach named Fredericksburg after Prince Frederick of Prussia, an influential member of the Adelsverein. Fredericksburg is known for its German heritage and shows this strong influence in the German architecture of our many Sunday Houses, churches, historic homes and other buildings.
Fredericksburg is the site of numerous annual events, many of which recall Fredericksburg's German pioneer past and attract visitors from throughout the state and country.
Fredericksburg offers organizations and services that aid in caring for the aging members of our community, a Boys and Girls club and youth center, and a very active Newcomers club.
Fredericksburg is fortunate to have a strong regional, not for profit hospital. Hill Country Memorial Hospital is an 88-bed facility that offers an impressive array of medical services. HCMH also offers a well-equipped Wellness Center complete with classes, a registered dietician, massage therapy suite, cardiac rehab area, wellness checks and a 10,000 square foot indoor aquatic facility.
Fredericksburg offers an amazing education structure with Fredericksburg Independent School District continuously expanding and improving their facilities. There are also several private and parochial schools in the area.
Fredericksburg is noted for its love of the arts and has many wonderful concerts, plays, and programs presented throughout the year. There are active chorales and choirs, a local theatre group that presents four to five plays a year, an art school as well as photography classes and clubs. Rockbox Theatre presents a live music variety show for all ages on weekends.
Lady Bird Johnson Park has an excellent championship 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, softball facilities, as well as swimming, fishing, camping, and picnic facilities. Nearby is a general aviation airport that serves the Fredericksburg area.
Fredericksburg (pop. 10,873) and Gillespie County (pop. 23,507) have been an alluring relocation destination. Blessed with abundant sunshine, the higher altitude of Fredericksburg offers noticeably cooler temperatures with less humidity than most of central Texas. Annual average rainfall is 30 inches with only traces of snowfall. Annual average temperatures are 67 degrees (January 48 and Jul 82). The elevation is 1742 feet with prevailing winds from the southwest.