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Giddings, Texas
289 W. Railroad Ave.
Giddings, TX 78942
979-542-3455
www.GiddingsTx.com
Giddings, Texas

Attractions in Giddings

There are many attractions in Giddings that can make up a jam-packed, fun-filled weekend you won’t forget. Giddings is centrally located between Austin and Houston, near a number of small communities, providing a convenient hub to the area’s many attractions like the Lake Somerville State Park and Texas Wendish Heritage Museum. Read on to discover all the attractions in Giddings that you can see during your next visit to this charming community.  


1900's Antique Carousel
In the early 1900’s, a traveling circus passed through Giddings and left behind a carousel as collateral. That vintage carousel can still be enjoyed by the public twice a year during the Lee County Fair in May and the Firemen's July 4th Celebration in July. Private group viewings can be arranged by calling in advance.
2495 West Hwy 290
Giddings, TX 78942
(979) 542-3455

 


1879 Fletcher-Schubert Home
Tour this historic home once occupied by two prominent Giddings families, as well as Concordia College, briefly. Check out the historic photos and memorabilia that tell the story of Lee County. Tours can be arranged by calling in advance.
173 East Hempstead Street
Giddings, TX 78942
(979) 542-2072


Arnold Smith Native American Collection
The Arnold Smith Native American Collection is the one of the largest compendiums of Native American artifacts in the state. An impressive array of arrowheads, pottery, and projectile point weapons that date from the Paleo-Indian period to around 300 years ago are part of this collection, which is exhibited in the Giddings Library.
276 North Orange Street
Giddings, TX 78942
(979) 542-2716


Bill Longley Historical Marker
Infamous gunslinger Bill Longley, the outlaw known for having been hung three times, is buried in the Giddings Cemetery.  Learn his story by visiting the historical marker placed at his grave site.
West Highway 290
Giddings, TX 78942
(979) 542-3455


Dime Box Heritage Museum
Discover a treasure of a tiny town at the Dime Box Heritage Museum, where you can view historic artifacts depicting the area’s German and Czech heritage.
County Road 141
Dime Box, TX 77853
(979) 884-0182


Giddings Post Office Mural
Art enthusiasts - and aficionados - are sure to be impressed by the mural Otis Dozier painted on the wall of the Giddings Post Office entitled “Cowboys Receiving the Mail.” Painted in 1939, this mural is one of the 109 works of art painted on federal buildings during the Great Depression, part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's efforts to help artists during times of poverty.
279 East Austin Street
Giddings, TX 78942


Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center
Giddings’ public library is home to one of the largest collections of Native American artifacts in Texas (The Arnold Smith Collection), as well as the Hilton Lee Smith Baseball Display at the Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center. This center also hosts the Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival on the second Friday each September.
276 North Orange Street
Giddings, TX 78942
(979) 542-2716


Hilton Lee Smith Baseball Memorabilia Collection
Hometown hero Hilton Lee Smith was born in Giddings and grew up to become one of the greatest baseball players in the country, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs alongside pitcher Satchel Paige. In 2001, Smith was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hilton Lee Smith Baseball Memorabilia Collection is the best spot to learn all about this baseball great.
276 North Orange Street
Giddings, TX 78942
(979) 542-2716


Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway
When you visit Giddings, be sure to check out nearby Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway, where you can camp, boat, water ski, fish, hike, bike, backpack, ride horses, and play horseshoes, volleyball, and basketball. With more than 20 miles of trails that include the Nails Creek and Birch Creek units, Lake Somerville State Park is a beautiful state park that is perfect for adventure seekers.
6280 FM 180 
Ledbetter, TX 78946
(979) 289-2392


Lexington Log Cabins & Heritage Center
Step inside log cabins built in the 1830’s and 1840’s by the region’s early settlers and learn what pioneer life was like. One of the homes, The Gutherie House, was built by George Washington Gutherie, a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto and the Civil War. The Lexington Log Cabins are open most Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and groups of eight or more can call ahead and schedule demonstrations on subjects such as butter churning, native plant identification and uses, and rope making.
524 4th Street
Lexington, TX 78947
(979) 773-8400


Local Business Murals
Giddings continued its appreciation for the arts with additional murals throughout downtown Giddings. One of the most notable modern murals was painted by artist Johnny Jones and is on Laverne’s Flower Shop, next to the Giddings Post Office. Viewers are challenged to find the 12 hidden objects in the murals, such as a butterfly, a dime, and a chameleon. Additional murals can be found at City Meat Market, First National Bank, Orsag's, and a small freight depot off of Highway 290.
Downtown Area
Giddings, TX 78942
(979) 542-3455


Old Giddings Fire Station
Check out the tools firemen used back in the late 1880’s through the 1940’s at the Old Giddings Fire Station. See classic fire trucks and equipment like an 1886 Rumsey & Company hand-drawn pumper and a 1905 Waterous Engine Works, a horse-drawn and gas-powered rotary gear pump. Be sure to call ahead to schedule a group tour.
135 East Industry
Giddings, TX 78942
(979) 542-3455


St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Serbin
One of the Painted Churches of Texas, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Serbin is a fine example of historic architecture. Built in 1870 to reflect the Wendish culture and heritage, the church helps tells the story of their challenging immigration to the United States. It’s also believed this church has the tallest pulpit in Texas. Groups can request a tour and Wendish luncheon on Thursdays and Fridays by calling in advance, based on availability.
1011 County Road 212
Giddings, TX 78942
(979) 366-2441


Stuermer Store
Grab a cheeseburger - with extra jalapenos, like a true Texan - and a scoop of none other than Blue Bell Ice Cream at Stuermer Store’s saloon while you peruse the antique furniture and merchandise.
100 East US Highway 290 at FM 1291
Ledbetter, TX 78946
(979) 249-5642


Texas Wendish Heritage Museum
Learn all about the history of the Texas Wends, Slavic immigrants from Lusatia (an area in East Germany), at the Texas Wendish Heritage Museum in nearby Serbin. View treasures like a folk dress from Lusatia, letters, and the beautifully-painted Wendish Easter eggs.
1011 County Road 212
Giddings, TX 78942
(979) 366-2441


Union Station Transportation Museum and The Rural Texas Tourism Center
Giddings was designated by Governor Rick Perry and the State of Texas as The Depot Capital of Texas because of the restoration of three historic depots in downtown Giddings. The Union Station Transportation Museum and The Rural Texas Tourism Center is in the Depot Complex downtown, and is a great place to take a look back at Giddings’ railroad history, and to learn about other rural communities across the state.
289 W Railroad
Giddings, TX 78942
(979) 542-3455

 

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Giddings, Texas
289 W. Railroad Ave.
Giddings, TX 78942
979-542-3455
www.GiddingsTx.com
Giddings, Texas

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