Historic Rural Schools & Community Clubs


A Driving Trail links 16 historic schools throughout the Gillespie County countryside. See early school BBQ pits, outdoor pavilions, stages and stage curtains, tin schools, and two Presidential Schools.

Schools are listed on National Register of Historic Places and are members of Country School Association of America. No two are alike.

The Gillespie County Country Schools Trail is open all year.

Pick up a map at the Fredericksburg Visitor's Center or visit the White Oak School located at the Pioneer Museum (325 West Main Street) which is open daily.  The Country Schools Trail map is also available on our website:

The full trail is a 120-mile tour, and visitors can see one, several, or all schools. Spend an hour or the day. Schools are. Today they function as community and learning centers, rentals for reunions, other social gatherings, and unique destination weddings.

--COUNTRY SCHOOLS 2019 Special Events—

April 27 (Saturday)  10:30 am - 12:00 pm  Wrede Country School (Journaling Workshop)

May 11 (Saturday) 11 am - 4 pm Cherry Mountain School (Open House)

June 15 (Saturday) 11 am - 4 pm Meusebach Creek School (Open House)

August 17 (Saturday) 11 am - 4 pm Luckenbach School (Open House)

September 15 (Sunday) 10 am - 4 pm Lower South Grape Creek School (Open House)

October 19 (Saturday) 11 am - 4 pm Rheingold School (Open House)

November 16, 2019 (Saturday) 11 am - 4 pm Williams Creek School (Open House)

December 21, 2019 (Saturday) Annual Bake Sale Benefit (3 different locations)

The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools is a non-profit organization actively working to preserve, restore and modernize 12 historic former rural schools as community centers in Gillespie County. Its members are former students of the closed rural schools and members of the community who are interested in preserving the traditions of the schools, the community clubs, and the history of Gillespie County for future generations. 

No taxpayer monies are used. We gladly accept in-kind and cash donations. All contributions are tax deductible and a receipt will be furnished. In-kind donations: Please e-mail us at info@historicschools.orgChecks, mail to: Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools, P.O. Box 55, Fredericksburg TX 78624, or call (830) 685-3321. 

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