Historical marker dedication slated for Saturday, Dec. 21

A dedication ceremony for a new Texas Historical Commission marker is planned in Fredericksburg this Saturday, Dec. 21.

The public is welcome to attend the event, which will see the marker unveiling at 11 a.m. at 701 West Main Street (at the corner of West Main and Acorn streets.)

Known as the “Johann Jost Klingelhoeffer House,” the structure has been verified as one of the earliest German-Texan houses built in Gillespie County.

It served as the residence of its namesake, who left Europe in 1846 because of the political and economic conditions existing in the German states at that time.

Upon arrival in Fredericksburg, Klingelhoeffer was assigned a 10-acre Out Lot and Town Lot 271 by the German Emigration Company.

On that lot of land, he built a home in the fachwerk — or half-timbered style — at a prominent location on Fredericksburg’s Haupstrasse (Main Street.)

The fachwerk was made of oak timbers with an infill of handmade bricks composed of caliche, straw and other materials available at the time. The home itself was plastered and white-washed.

It is also significant for its durchgang design and an early lean-to addition.

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