Hill Country Field Trip: Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at LBJ State Park
One of the absolute BEST things about being a stay-at-home mom is that it is usually pretty easy for me to go on school field trips with my kids. My mom was never able to do that when I was growing up because she was working; sometimes multiple jobs. I’m also lucky enough to have wonderful in-laws who live nearby and can usually watch the other kiddos while I sneak away for a bit. This is not something I take for granted!
Recently my daughter and I took a trip with her kindergarten class to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park in Stonewall. The park is about 45 minutes from downtown Boerne. It was an easy drive, aside from getting stuck behind the occasional horse trailer or construction vehicle. And talk about picturesque! I absolutely LOVE driving through Sisterdale and the turn down Luckenbach Rd. to cut over to Stonewall was an incredible added bonus. Country roads, beautiful farmland, and big blue Texas sky…it was a perfect start to a fantastic trip!
Once at the park, I followed the signs to the Visitor Center which is where I picked up a parking pass and took a quick restroom break before driving over to the parking area for the farm. The first thing I noticed upon parking and walking over to the farm gate is how beautiful this park really is!
Our group was divided into two smaller groups and we were first to have lunch and play on the playground while the other group took their tour. There were picnic tables, plenty of shade, restrooms, swings, and lots of cool things for the kids to explore while we waited our turn.
After lunch, we took our tour. Touring the Sauer-Beckmann Farm is like being transported to another time, as it’s been preserved and furnished in such a way to show us what life on a farm in the early 1900’s was really like. Our guide (fully clothed in period dress, of course) told us all about the families that once lived in the homes, what each room was used for, and such things as how they carried water to the house, heated and lighted their homes, cooked their food and kept it warm, and so much more.
After touring the home, we took a walk around the grounds and through the barn. The kids were delighted to find sheep, cows, chickens, and roosters along the way. I enjoyed all of the wonderful photo opportunities, wildflowers, and the cool breeze that made its way through once the afternoon storm clouds started rolling in.
This trip is really something amazing to be experienced by folks young and old. This was actually my daughter’s second time to the farm since she had gone once before with her grandparents. Her first time there she picked up a warm egg out of the chicken coup just seconds after it had been laid. And it is not unusual, from what I’ve read, to see the workers at the farm cooking or making cheese on any given day. I personally, can’t wait to go back and check out the herds of bison and longhorns, the nature trails, and hop across the Pedernales River to tour the LBJ Ranch. So much to see and do at this wonderful state park, less than an hour from home!
Interested in taking a tour of the Sauer-Beckmann Farm yourself? You can do so from 8:00-4:30, daily. It’s free to tour the farm, but donations are accepted. Groups of 15 or more can schedule a formal interpretive tour which includes an official guide to give you all the details and answer all your questions. Tours of the LBJ Ranch are a completely separate experience and are offered from 10:00-4:00 daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days.
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