Gruene Visitors Guide
Home of the founder of Gruene,Texas.
Gruene has been designated a Historic Town by the State of Texas.
The name of the town is pronounced like the color "Green".
Henry D. Gruene, the town's founder, originally bought land for a cotton
farm in 1872 with his father and brothers. He built his first home in 1872 and modified it
over the years. It still stands proudly with its Victoria galleries today as the Gruene
Mansion Inn. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated
Texas Historic Landmark.
Behind the arch, there are numerous outbuildings that were part of the
Gruene Mansion. These buildings were elegantly remodeled and are part of the Gruene
||Standing high above the town buildings, the Gruene water tower is a beacon for miles
around to all visitors coming to Historic Gruene for another entertaining visit.
you are a Weekender or in town for the week or longer, Gruene is a wonderful
happening for all!
Visitors from far and near, love the town of Gruene so much that they keep coming back
every chance they get. No matter what your desires are, you are only moments away
from shopping, eating, wine tasting, tubing, dancing, and lodging in just about any
From Historic Gruene, Austin is 40 miles to the north, San Antonio is 25 miles to the
south, and Houston is 160 miles to the east. New Braunfels and Canyon Lake are only
Gruene Mercantile Store and Antique Store
The first mercantile store was built by H.D. Gruene in 1878 to serve the local cotton
farmers and travelers who passed through the area. Later, the store was moved across
the street in the Gruene Antique Store building.
Gruene Hall, a
bar and dance hall, was built in the 1880s and soon became the social center for the
community. It still stands at the end of Hunter Road and the intersection of Gruene
Road. It is oldest dance hall in Texas and many country-singing stars and legends
have performed there over the years. Willie Nelson, George Strait, Jerry Jeff
Walker, Lyle Lovett are some of the well-known singers. A complete list of the
singers is displayed inside the hall.
Rafting and swimming in the Guadalupe River in Gruene, Texas
Jump right in and cool off! The waters great for swimming, wading, tubing, and
rafting. The whole family can enjoy a day in the waters of the Guadalupe River.
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