The Immigrant’s Trunk

Discover what those adventurous immigrants of the 1800’s packed in their trunks on their long journey to Texas. This will be a special presentation along with tours through all three historical buildings. Jan 9th & 23rd, 12pm – 3pm.

Tours are free and open to the public, and COVID safety precautions will be in place. We ask that you wear a mask during the entirety of your visit. Buildings will be limited to one group at a time. Hand sanitizer will be available.

Holidays at the Kuhlmann-King

Explore Boerne’s history during the holiday season! There Will be caroling, activities, and freebies as well as free tours of Boerne’s historical buildings. Nov. 28 & Dec 12, 12pm -3pm.

Tours are free and open to the public, and COVID safety precautions will be in place. We ask that you wear a mask during the entirety of your visit. Buildings will be limited to one group at a time. Hand sanitizer will be available.

The Kuhlmann Car

William Kuhlmann immigrated from Germany to Boerne in the early 1880’s. He built what is now known as the Kuhlmann-King house in the hopes to convince his childhood sweetheart to join him, and it worked! They lived together in the house for only a short time before the untimely and tragic death of his beloved wife and newborn child. William chose to sell the home but remained in Boerne, where he continued to work as the town’s druggist and thrived. In 1912 he was the first in town to buy an automotive. It would have been quite the sight to see Mr. Kuhlmann cruising down Main in his thundering, horseless buggy!

Bathing in the 1880’s

Taking a bath or shower today is no big deal, but back in the 1880’s it required planning and muscle. Tubs during this time were metal, anchored in a coffin-like box. Tubs were located in the kitchen to be close to the source of hot water, the wood stove. Water would have to be carried from the well, and heated on the wood stove. Once the tub was filled, father went first, then mother, then down the row of children, the youngest being last. Bathing was not an every day occurrence!

Our 1880 tub is located in the separate kitchen. Visit it and other kitchen artifacts from early Boerne on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, from noon to 3 PM.

Fun at the Agricultural Museum

Yesterday, we participated in the Agricultural Museum’s antique tractor pull event with our milking bucket and a display table with a few other agriculture related items from our museum. Good job Agricultural Museum and Arts Center!

It was a great day for outreach in the community as well as generating some friendly competition with out milk bucket game.