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Henry D. Gruene's Home
Home of the founder of Gruene,Texas.

Gruene is the German word for "Green" and that is how the local people pronounce the name of the town, "Green".   Gruene has been designated a Historic Town by the State of Texas.

Henry D. Gruene, the town's founder, originally bought land for a cotton farm in 1872 with his father and brothers. He built his first home in 1872 and modified it over the years. It still stands proudly with its Victoria galleries today as the Gruene Mansion Inn. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Texas Historic Landmark.

Behind the arch, there are numerous outbuildings that were part of the Gruene Mansion. These buildings were elegantly remodeled and are part of the Gruene Mansion Inn.

Gruene Water Tower Standing high above the town buildings, the Gruene water tower is a beacon for miles around to all visitors coming to Historic Gruene for another entertaining visit.

Whether you are a “Weekender” or in town for the week or longer, Gruene is a wonderful “happening” for all!

Visitors from far and near, love the town of Gruene so much that they keep coming back every chance they get.  No matter what your desires are, you are only moments away from shopping, eating, wine tasting, tubing, dancing, and lodging in just about any direction.

From Historic Gruene, Austin is 40 miles to the north, San Antonio is 25 miles to the south, and Houston is 160 miles to the east.  New Braunfels and Canyon Lake are only minutes away.

General Store

Gruene Antique Store

Gruene Mercantile Store and Antique Store

The first mercantile store was built by H.D. Gruene in 1878 to serve the local cotton farmers and travelers who passed through the area.  Later, the store was moved across the street in the Gruene Antique Store building.

Gruene Hall
Gruene Hall

Gruene Hall, a bar and dance hall, was built in the 1880’s and soon became the social center for the community.  It still stands at the end of Hunter Road and the intersection of Gruene Road.  It is oldest dance hall in Texas and many country-singing stars and legends have performed there over the years.  Willie Nelson, George Strait, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett are some of the well-known singers.  A complete list of the singers is displayed inside the hall.

Raftoing on the Guadalupe River in Gruene, Texas  Swimming in the guadalupe River in Guene, Texas
Rafting and swimming in the Guadalupe River in Gruene, Texas

Jump right in and cool off! The water’s great for swimming, wading, tubing, and rafting. The whole family can enjoy a day in the waters of the Guadalupe River.

Desire a little wine tasting?

Stop by The Grapevine for a pleasant refreshing moment. Enjoy complimentary tastings of Texas and German Wines.  You may want to take some home.


Grapevine Wine and Wine Tasting


Looking for some great food?

You can try the riverfront restaurants with spectacular hill country views from their tree covered decks or try one of the restaurants on the main drag in town. Just about every place you go has snacks and drinks available.

Gristmill Restaurant and Bar

Museum of Art and Music
New Braunfels Museum of Art & Music

New Braunfels Museum of Art & Music , located at 1257 Gruene Road in Gruene, is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian.  This museum will be a major resource for the study of Texas Music. You can become a member and help support this worthwhile organization.

Gruene Market Days

Gruene Market Days

Visit Historic Gruene Market Days the third weekend of every month from February to November and experience the charm of the historic community of Gruene. 

Shop among 100 gifted handcrafted artisans and craftsman for jewelry, sculpture, furniture, pottery, spices and much more.  All of their vendors are strictly juried and sell only the finest handmade products and art in Texas. 

Enjoy the Town Lighting and visit with Cowboy Kringle during our special Christmas Markets held the 1st weekend of December every year.


Stay in a Historic Bed & Breakfast Inn in the Area...

Gruene Mansion Inn The Gruene Mansion Inn
This premier Texas Bed and Breakfast is not only  listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but it is also designated a Texas Historic Landmark.
Stagecoach Stop Bed and Breakfast Inn The Hunter Road Stagecoach Stop
Lovingly restored, this historic inn will enchant you with its ambiance of warmth, comfort, and style in rooms furnished with primitives befitting the era.
Acorn Hill B&B Acorn Hill Bed & Breakfast
This delightful B&B specializes in weekend getaways, honeymoons and anniversaries.  Just minutes from the Guadalupe River, downtown Gruene, and historic New Braunfels.  An old log schoolhouse and three romantic cottages add enjoyment of this B&B.

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