Thursday, May 7, 2009

Round Top's Henkel Square Museum Village

The Apothecary (1875) is original to the site and now serves as a gift shop and entrance to Henkel Square Museum Village.

This house museum pays tribute to the way of life of the German immigrants who settled this area of Texas in the 1800s. While three of the structures are original to this site, other structures were moved here from nearby homesteads.

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Entrance gate to Henkel Square Museum Village, with a sign, in German, bidding all a warm (or heart-felt) welcome. As all of Round Top is closed on Mondays, Tall Husband and I crawled under that chain and toured on our on. We can't wait to return and see the interiors of all these antique buildings.

Tall Husband and I had first thought to climb this fence to get in but we spied the barbed wire woven around the logs and thought better of that idea. [Travel Tip: In some parts of Texas, you may hear barbed wire referred to as bob war. Do not talk with these people, as you will begin to speak like them and no one back home will understand you.]

Haw Creek Church.

This is the Mary Phelps House (date of construction unknown.) The original logs are beneath the new siding. This was our favorite structure. To the left is the Polasek Cabin (date unknown) which is used as a kitchen.

This lovely home is the Henkel House (1852) and is original to this site. To the left and behind is the home's kitchen which you'll see later in this post.

This charming log cabin, the Scherrer House (1820s), was moved to this site and was the home of a Swiss settler. Originally, the logs were chinked with mud, now a mixture of mud and concrete holds the logs in place.

This wonderful home is the Muckleroy House (1840), referred to as a dogtrot on the museum's website, it has a wide central breezeway and large front and back porches with antique implements and furniture.

No pastoral setting would be complete without a big red barn: here in Henkel Square it's the Palmer Barn.

This is the Schuhmann House I. Note the old wavy glass in the windows and the work on the chimney.

Schuhmann House II. Two things we know about the Schuhmanns: they loved blue and, like Tall Husband and me, they apparently had two homes in the same town.

This tiny salt box house was once the Weaver's home.

Here is The Kitchen behind the Henkel House; and we all whine about our kitchens! But I do like the old bird's nest.

Beside the kitchen at the Henkel House is a well that reminded us of the old well at The Bunny Bungalow, minus the posts and wooden crank.

Here are some porch scenes to close out our visit to Round Top's Henkel Square Museum Village. When we visit the interiors (but never on a Monday) you will be the first to see those photos.


  1. it is a bob war fence....come on....see this is why I stuck out like a sore thumb when in I was in New York on vacation love your tour...need to go visit there myself some day...Texas is a big place...lots of places to see...

  2. wish to be there ,how fun alot to see,Texas is big.

  3. Deb: Now you've got me laughing.

    Alette Siri Ane: Wish you could be here too.

  4. Wonderful photos of your adventures, Annie! The area and buildings remind me a bit of The Henry Ford Greenfield Village where my husband works. Lots of great historical findings there, too! Thanks for the tour!