Step Back in Time...Part II - Fredericksburg

Shot with the Fujifilm X-T2 | XF 23mm F2 R WR | XF 35mm F2 R WR



In The Heart of Texas


 

The next stop on my statewide tour of the Historic Districts of Texas was the beautiful town of Fredericksburg.  Quiet daybreak bathed in soft sunlight.  The steadied rhythm of a loving couple out on their morning jog.  Coffee houses preparing the town with its brewed delights.  One could get lost in the simplicity of the atmosphere, the slowed pace of the mood and the rich character of the people of the town.


Preservation of History


The historical Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, an historical landmark in the state of Texas, beautifully maintained since 1852.  Standing today as the oldest church in the Texas Hill Country and one of the oldest in the entire state of Texas.


What I loved most about this trip was the interaction it afforded me with the people of the town.  Their friendliness to an obvious tourist was the customary departure one would expect from larger cities absent of social ease.

Tony has been working the landscape of the house behind him for the past 9 years and was more than willing to talk to me about the history of the town, its annual events and the hard work his hands have put into the excellence of his work for nearly a decade.

Bill spends his days running a novelty and antique shop on the Main Street.  He recounted to me how he had to stay behind during the War in Vietnam due to his responsibilities as a son to care for his ailing and dying father.  And how he appreciated the terrible cost that those brave few who did serve in that time had to pay.  A cost whose cut went deep and pervasive. 

Much of our time together was spent with him sipping that old Coke bottle, praising the bravery of our Veterans and cracking jokes.

I’m pretty sure my mother named me “Bill” because I was due the First of the month.

I am looking forward to visiting Fredericksburg again.  I want to meet up with Tony and learn more of his history, observe the work of his hands and see that smile again.

I hope to meet up with Bill, share a Coke...a smile...and more stories.