New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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numerous historical sites, buildings, and homes that appeal to the amateur and professional history buff. There is also an excellent museum, recently renovated and expanded, that has exhibition areas comparable to any museum in the land.
The Sophienburg Museum, which is open seven days a week from IO a.m. to 6 p.m., is a must for any visitor to New Braunfels and especially those interested in history.
The exhibits bring to life what the early German immigrants in Texas experienced and how they lived. Furthermore, there are exhibits that indicated the tremendous influence Texas Germans have had over the growth and development of the education system as well as other professional areas.
The museum is on the site which was the meeting place, as well as the seat of government, for the German Immigration Society in New Braunfels. Here the immigrants received their town and acre lots, as well as their rations in 1845.
The original building was torn down in 1886 after a tornado practically demolished it. Prince Carl zu Solms-B r a unf els had designated this site for Fort Sophia, which was named
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The home of one of Texas’ unsung heroes has been completely restored and is in itself a museum piece. This restored home is a perfect example of the unique architectural style of construction called “fachwerk.”
The Lindheimer Home, located on the Comal River in downtown New Braunfels, is typical of the ancient fachwerk which German settlers adapted to Texas cedar and limestone.
A framework of handhewn studs and braces for each wall was mortised and pegged together on the ground, then raised into place. Rock or handmade brick filled spaces between the squared timbers.
The home is furnished with some original pieces as well as furniture that was made in New Braunfels at that time. In touring the home, a visitor gets the feeling the Lindheimer just walked outside.
Prince Carl hired Lindheimer as a guide into the frontier wilderness, and he led the colonists to the site of their first settlement, New Braunfels. He was the pioneer who made friends with the Indians and could pass among the Comanche unmolested.
The history books truthfully picture lindheimer as a romantic and colorful figure whose important contributions to American botany led to international renown among scientists.
He was the first to classify much of tile native Texas flora, und over 30 varieties bear his name in their botancial files His passion for Journalism was intense and he was selected as editor for a German language newspaper in 1852.
Included among Hie exhibits in lite lindheimer Home are a sword which was a gift of Prince Carl, fl amed botanical specimens, and a family Bible published in Germany in 1701. The lindheimer Home la open dally, except for Mondays, from 2 5 pm., June through August