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New Braunfels Conservation Society

1300 Churchill Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3205
+1 830-629-2943
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Great Walk through time.

We really enjoyed it and our guide was fabulous! I was concerned about the tour with our 2 yr old... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Melanie E
Awesome History of the area

George gave us a 2 hour tour of the Historic Buildings when we arrived and the visitor centre was... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2017
Gloria B
Toronto, Canada
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Progress has its cost. Like most places, many historic buildings and sites are destroyed to make way for new uses and purposes. But some places beg to be saved and that's how the New Braunfels Conservation Plaza & the New Braunfels Conservation Society was started. The Conservation Society was founded in 1964 to save the Lindheimer house-one of New Braunfels' historic homes. As IH-35 corridor developed through the community, the Conservation Society raised funds to save and move notable structures onto our 3.5-acre village. Over the years, our mission has grown to preserve and promote the history and heritage of New Braunfels, a mission that continues today. One-by-one, and over 50 years, historic German homes and businesses were donated & relocated to Conservation Plaza in order to save them. Private donations paved the way for the restoration of these historic structures. We have now created a Village: Old Town at Conservation Plaza. Many of these buildings also contain their original contents and furnishings like The Jahn Cabinet Shop, The Baetge Haus, Forke Store, Haelbig Music Studio and the Jahn house. A few have been preserved in their original locations like Ferdinand Lindheimier's House (the Father of Texas Botony), the Arnold-Rauch-Brandt 1853 Farmstead, the Gerlich-Wagenfuehr Haus, Church Hill Schoolhouse and The Buckhorn Barbershop. The New Braunfels Conservation Society is proud to be the custodian and caretaker of these historic buildings and sites that showcase both the lost German art of Fachwerk construction methods like the adobe brick, waddle & daub, rammed earth, fieldstone, and cut stone. Experience the craftsmanship, daily life and traditions at Old Town at Conservation Plaza. Tours available by appointment or during regular hours. No admission fees but donations are appreciated to help us keep the lanterns burning! Bring your kids and the Grandparents... It is a great experience for them to explore together with grandma and grandpa relating to them how it was when they were kids and the grand-kids being amazed! Home-school groups call ahead. You will love our hands on history! Bring your lunch and spend the day! It is also a great place to be married, have an adult birthday party, company event or family reunion.
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1300 Churchill Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3205
+1 830-629-2943
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

We really enjoyed it and our guide was fabulous! I was concerned about the tour with our 2 yr old but she involved him by making him the keeper of the keys and he helped unlock each of the buildings which kept him interested in...More

Thank Melanie E
Martha R, Manager at New Braunfels Conservation Society, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2017

Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to your return visit.

Reviewed 23 March 2017

George gave us a 2 hour tour of the Historic Buildings when we arrived and the visitor centre was closed. He is a volunteer who works on the homes and has a wealth of knowledge of all the buildings. We saw homes, the pool hall,...More

1  Thank Gloria B
Martha R, Manager at New Braunfels Conservation Society, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2017

Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate your taking the time to visit. Yes George is an awesome docent. I am glad he was here to share his knowledge of Conservation Plaza with you. Come again! Martha

Reviewed 25 May 2016

I stopped by and saw that there was a tour going on so I didn't want to jump in or interrupt the tour. I did see the buildings from where I parked and they were charming. It is done in a professional manner that looped...More

Thank pnkgirl27
unclegrumps, Guest Relations Manager at New Braunfels Conservation Society, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2016

Thank you for your kind review. Please stop by anytime, even if you see a tour in progress, you can usually join in. We have alot of cool history to discover!

Reviewed 25 April 2016

The experience offered a walk back in time. We were able to enter some of the early homes and how they were constructed. We saw how people traded and ran their shops. Our guide was wonderful and accommodated us very well. Each structure is different...More

1  Thank Travelingbug12
unclegrumps, Public Relations Manager at New Braunfels Conservation Society, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2016

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. Hours are generally 10-12 and 1-3 but times can be changed due to special events or weather. Calling ahead is always a good idea. 830-629-2943

Reviewed 15 February 2016

The only reason I did not give 5 starts is because the gate was closed and we could not go in. We stopped by Sunday morning around 9:00. We realized it would not be ope for tours, but figured we could walk around the grounds....More

Thank Stephen K
Reviewed 31 December 2015

This is a beautiful site of refurbished buildings and furnishings. It is a great place for weddings, family reunions, gatherings of 100 or so people. Walk through History and Enjoy a delicious sandwich and dessert...catering is available.

Thank Patrice C
Reviewed 23 October 2015

The old rock school house is in its original location right across the street from the village. Most people miss it and it is one of the neatest buildings. It is SO cool. Loaded with antique school furniture and fixtures, maps and original books and...More

1  Thank carlshafen
Reviewed 3 August 2015

Beautiful flowers everywhere made for a gorgeous outside wedding venue. It was a comfortable day in April.and the awesome sunset at ceremony time was stunning. Our DJ and MC made sure the wedding reception was perfect. Big Tyme Entertainment

1  Thank janine352
Reviewed 21 July 2015

Much history would have been lost without the Conservation Plaza that created a place that otherwise demolished structures could be relocated to. They have created a great period village circa 1850-1880, fully furnished, renovated, with the correct context of each building and artifact without being...More

2  Thank carlshafen
Reviewed 9 July 2015

Committed to conserving history in New Braunfels-we recently attended a reenactment of the Civil War Period. Fun and informative.

Thank helovesmedm
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We have a suggested donation of $2.50 per person.
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