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Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
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A fascinating state park to visit. Get out and hike ~2 miles to see everything. The house is... read more

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The Kreische house, a quick tour, is all that's needed, was interesting. Especially some of the... read more

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Reviewed March 16, 2018

Monument Hill is a place for Texas history buffs. German history along with Texas incursions with the Spaniard Santa Anna.
This is one of the few Texas State Parks that operate on donations alone. Free to all but put your donation dollars to good use.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Tim L
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Reviewed November 19, 2017

Monument Hill has been our favorite place to picnic in the spring. The grounds are kept up very nicely. There is also a very moving monument there where the bodies of the men that fought for Texas from this area are interred. At Christmas they line the pathway's with lights that lead to the brewery. At the Brewery they have Santa and Mrs Clause and live music for everyone to enjoy.
If you are a hiker the park guides have walks where they explain the history of the park, home and brewery on the grounds.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Debbie D
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Reviewed November 8, 2017

I discovered this park on a whim back in 2000 when I needed a break from Houston's flat terrain but only had a Saturday to spare and wanted to be back in Downtown Houston by late afternoon. I got on the TPWD website, and this was the most promising-looking spot on their map. It did not disappoint, and has continued to be my and now my family's favorite daytrip from Houston, and less than an hour and a half drive.

Monument Hill truly is a little slice of Texas Hill Country close to Houston, not just because of the vista from the top of the bluff, but also because "Numerous plants and animals common to the limestone-based soils of the Hill Country, 70 miles northwest, have been transported and deposited in this locale by the Colorado River, located at the base of the 200-foot bluff. These species flourish in pockets of alkaline soils produced through erosion of the calcareous sandstone cap of the escarpment."

The park also has a lot of history, including the tomb and monument to the ill-fated Dawson Expedition of 1836 and Mier Expedition of 1842, and the Kreische house, barn, smokehouse, and the ruins of the brewery. Some of the other reviews here are giving misinformation, particularly AdventurersWithLiz: you CAN actually go down and tour the brewery ruins, you just have to go on one of the regularly scheduled guided tours. Also, in the 17 years I've been coming here, you've NEVER been able to drive right up to the monument, but it isn't a very long walk at all, less than 300 yards from the parking lot, on an even, paved sidewalk. It's a small, compact park, Liz is grossly exaggerating the walking aspect. There are several well-maintained hiking trails, none of them over half a mile loops. But you can enjoy the park, its scenic views, and picnicking without doing very much walking at all, and it's free (small donation suggested).

The bluff provides a great view of La Grange, below, which is also a neat little town to visit, with a picturesque town square surrounding an attractive historic courthouse. There are interesting shops and a few good places to eat there, including Prause Meat Market, an authentic old school Central Texas German meat market and barbecue joint, though we usually bring a picnic lunch to eat at the park while we enjoy the view, as this is our favorite picnic place. If you forget to pack a picnic, go into La Grange first and pick up some barbecue. La Grange is also the location of the true story that "The Best Little Whorehouse" was based on, and the Burt Reynolds/Dolly Parton movie was filmed there. The whorehouse, known as the "Chicken Ranch", isn't there anymore, the building was bought and moved to Dallas to be a restaurant that burned down. Also, Rohan Meadery is nearby, offering tastings of meads, hard ciders, and fruit wines.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 24, 2017 via mobile

If you’re a fan of Texas history you must visit this place. Well done state park. Small but well worth the visit.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Jim S
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Reviewed September 22, 2017

Located on a bluff overlooking city of LaGrange, Tx, you get two totally different pieces of Texas history. The memorial to the members of the Meir and the Dawson Expeditions is a very special place for Texans, their remains were reinterred here. Dawson members were the ones who drew the Black Bean and were executed. The Visitors Center has a helpful brochure, and there are several short hiking trails to explore. The remains of the brewery, which was one of the first in Texas, and fun to visit. The house is not always open, but if you can go in December, it's decorated and docents in period dress entertain.

Date of experience: September 2017
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