Heritage, Volume 13, Number 2, Spring 1995 Page: 14
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Sman Historic Inns/Y-otes of Texas
M Take the Traveler Back In Time
as spring andsummerfast approach, TeXans wilf hit the highways, traveling to
destinations across the state and nation. For those tourists interested in
TeXas history, the state ofers many fine inns and sma bed and breakfasts
with a rich heritage of their own. ASn overnight stay can enhance
the vacation experience and offer an interesting alternative to farge hotels.
1304 Newuning Avenue
An early 20th century Colonial Revival
house, Fairview was built circa 1910 in one
of the oldest planned developments in Austin.
The house was restored to its original
floorplan in 1992 and has received the
designation of Austin Historic Landmark.
Fairview was also selected by the Austin
Heritage Society for the 1993 award for
preservation of an historic building. The
restored home, which features four oversized
rooms and a separate cottage, is located
close to the State Capitol and the
University of Texas.
ye KCendaf Inn
128 West Bfanco
The history of Ye Kendall Inn begins in
1859, when Erastus and Sarah Reed bought
land in Boerne and built the center section
of the present-day inn as their home, bringing
the Southern Colonial style of architecture
to the Texas Hill Country. The
Reeds rented out the spare rooms in their
home to travelers.
The home was sold in 1869, and after
several owners, it was renamed The Boerne
Hotel, and two long wings on either side of
the original house were added. It operated
as an authentic stagecoach inn throughout
the 1880s. In 1909 it was purchased and
adopted the name Ye Kendall Inn.
In 1982, the hotel was sold to its present
owners, who have performed an extensive
renovation of the structure, bringing back
the historic beauty of the hardwood floors,
original fireplaces, and the 200-foot front
porch with railing and columns.
Pafo Alto CreekFarm
Route 4, BBox92
Site of a Texas historical marker, Palo
Alto Creek is the 1875 homestead of Karl
Itz, built when he returned from the Civil
Guests at Palo Alto are housed in either
the restored log cabin or rock barn. The
owners of the site live in the original rock
farmhouse, also located on the premises.
Folk art accents, an original lightening rod
from the Itz farm house, and large slabs of
native limestone can be found in the circa
1890 restored barn. One wall of the log
cabin has original logs exposed and also
includes beautiful antiques and a large stone
The Fredericksburg area is rich in Ger
man culture and heritage and is home to
many restored homes and stores.
When it originally opened in 1912, this
hotel, located on the town square of quaint
Fort Davis in far West Texas, served as a
social and business center for the surrounding
ranching communities. When they
came to town for provisions, ranchers stayed
at the Hotel Limpia while they conducted
business. Even then, the mile-high town
was visited by "summer swallows", people
who came to the area to avoid the heat and
humidity of East Texas.
Today the hotel has 32 rooms, all with
private baths, and a beautiful added porch,
where guests can recline on rockers and
watch the world go by.
When they aren't resting on the Limpia's
verandah, history buffs can investigate the
Fort Davis National Historic Site, which
was an active cavalry post from 1854-1891,
or browse through memorabilia, artifacts,
and documents from the area that are
housed at the Overland Trail Museum in
the downtown area.
St. James Inn
723 St. James
Located in historic "Old Town"
Gonzales, the St. James Inn was the home
of Walter Kokernot, a personal confidant
14 HERITAGE * SPRING 1995
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