What to See and Do in Gonzales
A quick look at some of the attractions in Gonzales, Texas:
A Centennial Historical Memorial, the Memorial Museum commemorates the "Immortal 32," volunteers from Gonzales who responded to Alamo commander William B. Travis' pleas for help, and who died in the Alamo. Memorabilia is displayed from the founders of Gonzales, including the Come & Take It Cannon, which might have fired the first shot for Texas independence on Oct. 2, 1835. Located between St. Lawrence and St. Louis streets, the Memorial Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Closed during noon hour.
Come & Take It Battleground
An 11-foot granite monument sculpted by Waldine Tauch and honoring the first battle for Texas independence is located 7 miles southwest of Gonzales on Hwy 97. Battleground located on Spur 95, a half-mile north on banks of the Guadalupe River.
Palmetto State Park
Isolated island of lush greenery named for the plant growing in its bogs. Wander through a lush, tropical oasis and enjoy a stop on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Approximately 240 species of birds have been observed here. There are campsites for tents, campers and RVs, group facilities, picnicking in numerous shaded sites with tables and grills, playgrounds, hiking and nature trails, fishing and water recreation. Located on Park Road 11, off US 183, eight miles north of Gonzales. For information only, call 830-672-3266. For all reservations, call 1-800-792-1112.
Gonzales Pioneer Village - Living History Center
Perhaps one of the most extensive collections of 19th-century buildings, Pioneer Village offers tours, demonstrations and battle re-enactments througout the year. Don't miss seeing the Hamon Church, where the ghosts of former congregations might whisper as a visitor settles into a pew. A block north of US 90-A on BR 183, the Village is open Friday, Saturday & Sunday in June through August; Saturday & Sunday Sept - May, closed Jan. Admission: $3 for adults, children 6-11, $2. Call 830-672-2157 for yearround tour information.
J.B. Wells House
The James Bailey Wells house was built in 1885 of Florida long-leaf pine shipped through the old port of Indianola. The 15-room house features original wallpaper, drapes and furnishings. The Gonzales Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas is the custodian. Tours may be arranged by calling the Chamber of Commerce office at 830-672-6532.
Fort Waul C.S.A.
Located to the southeast of Pioneer Village, this earthen-embankment fort was built during the Civil War for the purpose of stopping Union forces from penetrating into Texas via the River Road. This was the only Confederate Fort of its type commissioned to be built west of the Mississippi.
Located on US 183 South of Gonzales on Guadalupe River. Offers swimming, picnic areas, 9-hole golf course, R.V. sites with full hookups.
Enjoy an 18-hole disc golf course and historical 1825 walk through the capital of Green DeWitt’s Colony. The Gonzales Noon Lions Club installed this course to PDGA standards on East Avenue one mile east of Courthouse Square. Score cards, course maps and tournament event info will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office. Visitors are welcome; no greens fees.
Old Jail Museum
Built in 1887, the jail closed in 1975. It is now a museum of Gonzales County law, order and transportation. Features rebuilt gallows, original cells, sheriff’s and jailer’s quarters. Open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. It also houses the Chamber of Commerce offices.
Lake Wood Recreation Area
488-acre lake features quiet and scenic campground in shady pecan grove on banks of Guadalupe River. Relaxing activities available. Hawks, squirrels, white-tailed deer and other wildlife and waterfowl can be observed during various seasons. Lake and river support many species of fish, including largemouth bass, crappie, bait fish, yellow, blue and channel catfish. Fish in the river, at the lighted spillway below the dam in the river or the slough. Camping and picnicking available, full RV hookups; showers and restrooms; boating, skiing, playground, resident ranger on duty. Call 830-672-2779 for information.
Source: Gonzales Chamber of Commerce (Used with permission)
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