Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives

Independence Trail Region
855 South Jefferson Street La Grange, TX 78945 979-968-6418 or 979-968-3765

Located at the Fayette County Library, the Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives features extensive archives on German settlements in Fayette County, including death and marriage records, and information about the Sons of Hermann and social clubs.

One of those clubs was Prairieblum, German for prairie flower. One of it's members, Johannes Romberg, is generally believed to be the most notable German-Texan poet of his time. His poetry about the Texas landscape and pioneer life contributed to a brand of romantic “Tex-lit” that helped woo many German families to the Lone Star State. Born in Germany, Johannes Romberg’s family settled here, in Fayette County, where he founded in 1857 the literary club Prairieblum. The club drew members from all over the region to read aloud their poetry, articles, and stories.

Watch our The First German Texans 1831-1861 video to learn more about German Texan cultural heritage in Texas. This video was produced for inclusion in our German Texans mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app. Download the app for more videos and travel information:

Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives

855 South Jefferson Street La Grange, TX 78945




Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.