Wreath Laying Ceremony Saturday, May 4th 10:00 am Marktplatz
Celebrate Founders Day at Pioneer Museum Wednesday, May 8th FREE ADMISSION Pioneer Museum 325 W Main
The Gillespie County Historical Society will sponsor a brief wreath-laying observance on Saturday, May 4th at 10:00 AM at Marktplatz in honor of John O. Meusebach and the founding families of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.
This will commemorate the 172nd anniversary of the day 120 settlers arrived here as the last leg of their long journey from Germany in 1845-46. They rode ox carts or walked from New Braunfels, where they had been biding time until Meusebach could arrange for their settlement here. Hundreds of other German immigrants came in the preceding years to join the effort to build a sustaining community.
The famous Meusebach-Comanche Nation Treaty was signed by both parties in a ceremony a year later at the Vereins Kirche, which at the time was in the middle of Main Street. This treaty remains unbroken and still in effect after 170 years.