You may not realize just how rich in history the Seguin, Texas, area is. The Seguin Conservation Society works to preserve the historic buildings as well as places and objects in Seguin and Guadalupe County as a whole. The society has already been working hard for 50 years, celebrating historical events and engaging the community. Take a look at some of the historic sites around Seguin that the Seguin Conservation Society maintains for you to explore.
Los Nogales Museum
The Los Nogales Museum dates back to 1849. The building is among the oldest buildings in Seguin and is made from sun-dried adobe that builders formed by hand. The community, led by Virginia Woods, came together to save and restore the building in 1951. Part of the restoration efforts included making authentic cypress shingles at the sawmill driven by water. In addition, this is the building that led to the birth of the Seguin Conservation Society. Over the years, the Society stored various historical artifacts here, but it eventually had to move them to climate-controlled storage.
The First Church and Bell Tower
The first church and bell tower in Seguin are from 1949 and were first built in the center of the town. The church housed all denominations, and the building features German traditional architecture of a simple manner. The interior remains today very similar to how it was at construction.
Campbell-Hoermann Log Cabin
The Campbell-Hoermann Log Cabin was built around 1850. John Campbell, an Irish immigrant, built this one-room cabin shortly after coming to Lessner Community by Seguin. The next year, he went to Ireland to bring back 23 family members. Then, Campbell and his family made numerous additions, including a second room that features a fireplace, porches, a dog run, and a second cabin. His descendants continued living on the property until 1952, not using electricity or running water on-site. At this point, the Hoermann family bought the farm and then donated the cabin to the Conservation Society. Today, you can find numerous interesting historic artifacts inside, many of which the Campbells donated, including a bed, washtub, and butter churn.
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Dietz Doll House
Built in 1910, the Dietz Doll House was a project from Louis Dietz. Dietz was a German immigrant and carpenter who decided to build this playhouse for his adopted daughter, who was five at the time. The daughter, Alice O’Brien, had reached Seguin via an orphan train and played in the house for many years with Emil “Buddy” Dietz, her cousin. Eventually, Pablo Castilla, an immigrant entrepreneur, bought properties, including the one with the Victorian playhouse. He and his son then donated to the Seguin Conservation Society in 1967. Today, the house contains a range of toys from the era, including the dresser and wardrobe Dietz made for it.