Historic cemeteries in
Gillespie, Texas

Ahrens Cemetery #1 Ahrens Cemetery #2 Anderegg Cemetery Barsch Family Cemetery Blanck Cemetery Brodbeck Family Cemetery Brown Cemetery #1 Brown Cemetery #2 Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery Clymer Cemetery D.L. Holden Ranch Grave Cemetery Dearing Cemetery Der Stadt Friedhof Cemetery Dietrich Rode Cemetery Dietrich Rode Cemetery Dittmar Cemetery Doebbler Family Cemetery Dorothea & Wilhelm Blanck Cemetery Doss Cemetery Durst Cemetery Eckert Community Cemetery Eckert Family Cemetery Edgar Schneider Cemetery Evers Cemetrey Cemetery Flint Grave Cemetery Frantzen Cemetery Friedrich Cemetery Gaston Rainer Cemetery Grapetown Cemetery Greenwood Cemetery Guadalupe Cemetery Harper Cemetery Harper Community Cemetery Hill Crest Cemetery House Cemetery Jung Cemetery Keese-Sagebiel Cemetery Kensing Cemetery Ketron Cemetery Kothe Cemetery Kott Family Cemetery Lange Cemetery #1 Lange Cemetery #2 Luckenbauch Cemetery Lyndon B Johnson Family Cemetery Marschall Cemetery Meek Family Cemetery Meusebach Creek Cemetery Mogford Cemetery Moseley Cemetery Mund Cemetery Nicholas Family Cemetery Ottmers Cemetery Paupers Cemetery Peril Cemetery Peter Burg Cemetery Philip Brandon Turknett Grave Cemetery Philipp Hartmann Family Cemetery Ransleben Cemetery Rode Cemetery #1 Rode Cemetery #2 Rogers Ranch Graves Cemetery Rusche Cemetery Saint Anthony's Catholic Cemetery Saint John's Lutheran Cemetery Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery Saint Marys Memorial Cemetery Saint Paul Lutheran Cemetery Satler Cemetery Schmidt Family Cemetery Schneider Cemetery Schneider-Houy Cemetery Schugh Cemetery Single Grave Cemetery South Grape Creek Catholic Cemetery Spring Creek Cemetery Squaw Creek Cemetery St. Barnabas Columbarium Cemetery Stevens Cemetery Stonewall Community Cemetery Tivydale Cemetery Trinity Cemetery Unknown ( S Of Eckert) Cemetery Unknown (N Luckenbach) Cemetery Unknown (N Of Rode Cem) Cemetery Unknown (US 290 And Live Oak Creek) Cemetery Unknown (W Of Rocky Hill) Cemetery Unknown Cemetery #1 Unknown Cemetery #10 Unknown Cemetery #2 Unknown Cemetery #3 Unknown Cemetery #4 Unknown Cemetery #5 Unknown Cemetery #6 Unknown Cemetery #7 Unknown Cemetery #8 Unknown Cemetery #9 Unknown Grave #1 Cemetery Unknown Grave #2 Cemetery Unknown Grave #3 Cemetery Unknown Grave #4 Cemetery Unknown Grave #5 Cemetery Unknown Grave #6 Cemetery Unknown Grave #7 Cemetery Unknown Graves #1 Cemetery Unknown Graves #2 Cemetery Unknown Graves #3 Cemetery Von Museback-Von Beiberstein Cemetery Welge Cemetery Welgehausen Cemetery Wendel Cemetery Wilke Cemetery Willow City Community Cemetery Young's Chapel Cemetery
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Gillespie County, TX has a rich and diverse history that dates back to its founding in 1848. It was named after Robert Addison Gillespie, a soldier who fought in the Mexican-American War. The county was originally part of the Fisher-Miller Land Grant, but settlers began arriving in the area in the early 1840s.

The pioneer settlers of Gillespie County were mostly of German descent, seeking a new life and economic opportunities. They developed a thriving agricultural community, growing crops like cotton, corn, and wheat. The early settlers also established successful farms and ranches, making Gillespie County one of the leading agricultural regions in Texas.

During the Civil War, Gillespie County experienced some conflict and tensions due to the differing loyalties of its residents. However, after the war, the county experienced a period of growth and prosperity as the railroad reached Fredericksburg, the county seat, in 1913. This opened up new opportunities for trade and commerce, leading to economic development and population growth.

In recent years, Gillespie County has become a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with its rich history, charming small towns, and beautiful natural surroundings. Today, the county is known for its wineries, historic sites, and festivals that celebrate its German heritage. It continues to thrive as a center of agriculture, tourism, and cultural preservation in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Gillespie County, Texas.

  • 1848 - Gillespie County is established and named after Robert Addison Gillespie
  • 1849 - The county seat is established in Fredericksburg
  • 1850s - German immigrants begin settling in the area, shaping the county's culture and economy
  • 1861-1865 - Gillespie County residents participate in the American Civil War
  • 1880s - The county experiences growth with the arrival of the railroad and expansion of agriculture
  • 1900s - Gillespie County faces challenges such as the 1900 storm and the Great Depression
  • 1940s - Fort Mason is established as a training center during World War II
  • 1970s - Tourism becomes an important industry, boosting the county's economy
  • 1990s - Fredericksburg becomes a popular tourist destination with its historic downtown and wineries