Ernst Gruene and his wife Antoinette, German immigrants, were the first to settle in 1845 in what is now known as Gruene. Their original house is now a B&B called Antoinette's Cottage. Being a good German, when Ernest bought his farm he wrote his intentions of opening a beer hall and saloon in the special provisions part of the deed of trust. The seller crossed those lines out and wrote below them that "there will be no beer or spirits manufactured on this farm, nor a saloon or beer house."
When his son Henry Gruene returned from a long trail ride with enough money to buy the farm from Ernst, he moved into Antoinette's Cottage until he married and built what is today Gruene Mansion Inn, one of the best B&Bs in Texas. Henry Gruene built a number of houses and planted the surrounding land with the number one cash crop at that time - cotton. Next came the first Mercantile Store in 1878, a cotton gin powered by the Guadalupe River, and a new dance hall (Gruene Hall) which became the center of the communities' social life.
The death of Henry in 1920 started the downfall of Gruene's development and good fortune. Henry's death was followed by the economic disasters of the boll weevil, the depression, and the burning of the original cotton gin. Henry's family businesses went under and the only establishment that never closed was Gruene Hall.
In 1974, most of the Gruene estate was sold and new businesses were established. Today Gruene is a thriving community and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Gruene Texas, what a fun place to spend a weekend. You can have a ball in the quaint town of Gruene, here is just a sampling of what to do:
Things To Do In Gruene
|Thank God For Weekends||
Read about a fun trip to Gruene, New Braunfels, and San Marcos
|Fun Things To Do In Gruene||
Here are some fun things to see and do when you visit Gruene
This link can help you find a nearby golf course, read a review and look for a coupon
Find out where to tube and more
|Rockin', Rollin', & Ridin' The River||
Read about a fun weekend on the Guadalupe River
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Gruene River Grill for good grub,for a good nights sleep in a very unique room, Gruene Hall for some excellent music, and Rockin' R for tubes
|Nearby Bike Trails||
Around nearby Canyon Lake are three trails that are excellent for mountain biking - Madrone, Canyon Lake Dam, and Old Hancock
|Lower Guadalupe River||
Use this map to find lots of good stuff on the river
New Braunfels and San Marcos are both very close to Gruene and offer lots of fun things to see and do