In 1890, Johnson City was named Blanco County seat as a result of the efforts of town namesake James Polk Johnson. Decades later, one of his descendants and a former resident of the town—Lyndon Baines Johnson—would find his way to the White House.
Fourteen miles east of the LBJ Ranch District in Stonewall is the Johnson City District of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. At the visitors center, guests can view an exhibit showcasing Johnson’s life and accomplishments, as well as a tribute to his wife, Lady Bird Johnson. Notable artifacts include two LBJ ranch branding irons, campaign memorabilia, Lady Bird’s crimson suit, and White House china. Also in the district is his boyhood home (which he moved into with his parents when he was 5) and Johnson Settlement, where historic structures still stand as testament to the pioneer spirit.
The Science Mill uses technology-based exhibits, games, and interactive programs to expand children’s understanding of science. Designed to inspire students to pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math, the museum is housed in a community landmark: a historic feed mill.
Pedernales Falls State Park sits on the banks of the Pedernales River. Trails range from easy to challenging, including the half-mile Twin Falls Nature Trail and six-mile Wolf Mountain Trail. There are creeks around the trails to cool down, campsites, and a swimming area downstream from the falls.
Originally a hardware and supply store, Pecan Street Brewing now serves as a brewery, restaurant, and biergarten. The beers brewed in the establishment complement the diverse menu of brick-oven pizzas, fresh salads, and unique southern dishes.
For lavish upscale dining, visit Bryan’s on 290. Notable menu items from the American bistro include beef tenderloin with a side of creamy whipped potatoes and a local harvest with fresh produce delivered daily from farmers. In true Hill Country fashion, each dish can be paired with a recommended wine.
The Crossroads Inn is located on six acres of landscaped gardens, connected to paths leading to porch swings and private benches. The inn has six suites with king-sized beds, as well as a gift shop with handmade soaps, candles, jewelry, art, and antiques.
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