Landmark Inn is nestled among towering trees along a five-acre stretch of the Medina River. Founded in 1849 as a roadside tavern, the site blossomed into a bustling commercial center by the turn of the twentieth century. The site recently underwent renovations on all of the 1840s and 1850s structures. A new perminent museum exhibit about the site is now open. Check the online calendar on the homepage for the latest updates on public programs and tours.
The Landmark Inn gift shop is stocked with soaps, caps, t-shirts, mugs, ornaments, pins, historic toys, books, postcards, and other souvenir items.
Visitors may bring in their own food and drink to enjoy at one of the many benches and picnic tables on the grounds. Public restrooms are available as well. Smoking and alcoholic beverages are prohibited throughout the site.
Groups & Tours
The historic site is open Tuesday thru Sunday for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours are available upon request and are included with the admission fee. Reservations for tours are encouraged to ensure staff availability.
Group tours of the historic site are available for both students and the general public. Tours can often be tailored to meet the needs and interests of various groups. To schedule a group tour for 10 or more people, please submit a tour reservation form at least one week prior to your visit. Calling 830-931-2133 ahead in order to confirm your reservation is also recommended.
While you're in the area, visit these nearby sites:
- Steinbach House – a small Alsatian house, originally built between 1618 and 1648, that was relocated to Castroville.
- Castroville Pioneer Home Walking Tour – historic walking tour featuring over 50 homes and commercial structures originally built in the mid- to late-1800s.
- Castroville Regional Park – located in the southwest part of Castroville, consists of 126 wooded acres on the Medina River.
- Frontier Times Museum – a 40,000-piece collection of old west, pioneer, and prehistoric artifacts in Bandera.
- Medina Lake and Canal – constructed between 1911-1912 as an irrigation reservoir. An extensive canal system delivers water to 34,000 acres of blackland prairie farmlands below the Balcones escarpment around Castroville.
- Paradise Canyon – a little piece of heaven on the Medina River; great for tubing, swimming, and fishing.
- South Texas Maize – cornfield maze in Hondo.
- Sunny Day Farms – provides much needed sanctuary to farm animals that have been abused, neglected, and abandoned.
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