Painted Churches

April 29, 2016
US 77 / FM 155 / FM 1965 / FM 1383 / FM 956 / FM 2672 / FM 2238 / US 90 / FM 615

If managed properly, this 42-mile ride will take all day! Fayette County in southeast Central Texas boasts rich historic and cultural ties along with scenic rural roads, especially during wildflower season. Bypass the bypass to enjoy unique shops and eateries in La Grange. Visit the town’s beautifully restored 1891 courthouse, the Chamber of Commerce office in the old county jail, and the Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites. German and Czech immigrants brought to Texas a tradition of elaborately painting and stenciling the interiors of their churches. Our route stops at four of the best Painted Churches. Step inside and be amazed at Ammannsville, Dubina, High Hill, and Praha. Come back another time to the community halls for cultural celebrations featuring plenty of great food, cold beer, and oompah music.

 By Tom Wiley

Along The Way

 

AMMANNSVILLE

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH

7745 Mensik Rd.
979-743-3117

DUBINA

SAINTS CYRIL AND METHODIUS CHURCH

FM 1383

HIGH HILL

NATIVITY OF MARY, BLESSED VIRGIN CATHOLIC CHURCH

2833 FM 2672
stmary-highhill.com

LA GRANGE

BACK PORCH BBQ

1602 N. Jefferson St.
979-968-1580
thebackporchbbq.com

MONUMENT HILL & KREISCHE BREWERY STATE HISTORIC SITES

414 TX State Loop 92
979-968-5658
tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/monument-hill-kreische-brewery

WEIKEL’S STORE AND BAKERY

2247 TX Hwy. 71 W.
979-968-9413
weikels.com

PRAHA

ST. MARY’S CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION

821 FM 1295
stmaryspraha.org

SCHULENBURG

PAINTED CHURCHES TOUR

schulenburgchamber.org/tours/churches

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On The Road

 

Pit Stops

1. SPEEDY STOP
U.S. Hwy. 77 S., Schulenburg
979-743-3138

Grab a Bite

1. FRANK’S RESTAURANT
11 N. Kessler Ave., Schulenburg
979-743-3555

2. INA’S RESTAURANT
30 East Ave., Schulenburg
979-743-5111

Stay The Night

1. BEST WESTERN
600 E. TX Hwy. 71 Bypass, La Grange
979-968-6800

2. HATTIE’S HAUS
12020 FM 1383, Schulenburg
979-250-1735

Diversions

1. FREYBURG UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
FM 2238, Freyburg

2. POLKA-SENGELMANN HALL
531 N. Main St., Schulenburg
979-743-2300
sengelmannhall.com

3. STANZEL MODEL AIRCRAFT MUSEUM
311 Baumgarten St.,Schulenburg
979-743-6559
stanzelmuseum.org

Only In Texas

1. CEDAR CEMETERY
3701 FM 609, La Grange
979-247-4260
Best bluebonnets in spring!

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