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Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill State Historic Sites, La Grange

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Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites is a historic state park located at 29.888° -96.876°, just off U.S. Route 77, south of La Grange, Texas. The park sits on a sandstone bluff above the Colorado River. Monument Hill is a crypt and memorial to the men who died in the Dawson Massacre and in the Black Bean Episode of the ill-fated Mier Expedition.
The Kreische Brewery site commemorates the contribution European immigrants made in Texas, specifically German immigrant, stonemason and brewer Heinrich Kreische, whose house and brewery ruins are in the park. The Kreische Brewery and house were listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 16, 1975.
On September 18, 1848, the remains of Texans killed in the Dawson Massacre and the Black Bean Episode (death lottery), which had been retrieved from their original burial sites, were reinterred in a common tomb with a sandstone vault at the location now known as Monument Hill. Over 1,000 people came for the ceremony including U.S. Senator Sam Houston.
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  • Lovely park. We stopped en route to Austin for a short visit. Beautiful view and monument. Kreische brewery is one of the first in Texas. Built by a German stone mason from Saxony region near... 
    Lovely park. We stopped en route to Austin for a short visit. Beautiful view and monument. Kreische brewery is one of the first in Texas. Built by a German stone mason from Saxony region near...  more »
  • What a neat off-the-beaten-path stop! Free parking on site with a start at the VC/gift shop to start your self-guided tour of the grounds. Several trails in addition to the historic sites. I highly... 
    What a neat off-the-beaten-path stop! Free parking on site with a start at the VC/gift shop to start your self-guided tour of the grounds. Several trails in addition to the historic sites. I highly...  more »
  • This is a great historical site off the beaten path. Very well maintained by the Texas Historical Commission. Enjoyed the short walk to Monument Hill. So much history there. Picnic tables with a.....  more
    This is a great historical site off the beaten path. Very well maintained by the Texas Historical Commission. Enjoyed the short walk to Monument Hill. So much history there. Picnic tables with a.....  more »
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  • Wonderful scenic hike with Texas history. Fee is very minimal, we went there during summer times, lot of shades through woods if you want a long hike to the site or take a small enjoyable walk to the overlook and stroll around park. Both sides you are going to enjoy different landscapes. I think we can really enjoy the nature and beauty during spring or fall, if you are going during summer time, try to go bit early( plenty of shades are there, humidity is high). Highly recommend this historical place👍👍👍👍
  • Monument Hill Historical Site has breathtaking views throughout the park. There is a beautiful scenic view there to check out also. This park is well kept and clean. The Kreische Brewery on site has a lot of history as well. The park has picnic areas where you can bring the family for some family time and fun. There are plenty of nature trails to explore also. Although we didn't explore the trails, according to the map outside, the trails are not very long. I highly recommend this park.
  • You must go! This is one of the prettiest places to hike in Texas. Take the Stairwell Trail! We packed a picnic and hiked down to the ruins. It is amazing. You will learn a lot here, very interesting history! $4 adults/$3 kids/dogs welcome.
  • A cool little gem of a park located a reasonable drive from Houston or Austin near La Grange. The park is very well kept and the story of Mr. Kreische is pretty amazing. His stonework is very impressive. The house but especially the brewery are a study in expert stone masonry. Take the time to head out, walk the grounds and picnic with a view for miles.
  • Great, scenic views. Historic ruins of the brewery are a short, easy hike from the visitor's center. Traipsing among the ruins is off limits, but the lookouts provide good views. Friendly cat greets you on the path!

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