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This is a Fredericksburg ‘Sunday House,’ amid Texas Hill Country. This local tradition began when German farm families maintained the tiny properties for short stays in town. From the late 1800's into the 1920's, these miniature homes provided easy access to Saturday markets and Sunday worship. They also made it far easier for hard-working families to participate in Fredericksburg's special events, and to accomplish other business.
But as automobiles became increasingly popular, day trips replaced long 'layovers' in town. And having a Sunday House (haus, in German) became less of a necessity for many families. Simultaneously, some retiring farmers moved into their previous weekend homes, full-time.
Today, many remaining Sunday Houses have become homey accommodations for tourists. They’re often located within an easy walk from local restaurants, shops, and churches. There’s a Sunday House for any taste, whether you prefer space for two, or a family of four. Surround yourself in antique flagstone and pecan trees, enjoy a rocker on your private front porch, or book one of 14 Sunday House cottages, at Fredericksburg Herb Farm.
Please note: As a writer associated with the travel industry, I received complimentary meals, lodging, and admissions during my Fredericksburg visit. While it has not influenced this post, I wish to disclose all potential conflicts of interest.