In 1849, German immigrant Heinrich Ludwig Kreische purchased 172 acres of land including the Dawson/Mier tomb, now known as Monument Hill. Master stonemason Kreische built a three-story house for his family. In the 1860s, he utilized the spring water from the ravine below his house and started one of the first commercial breweries in Texas. Walk the ruins of this once bustling brewery and envision how Fayette County citizens would come and enjoy a pint of Kreische’s Bluff Beer while looking out towards the beautiful Texas landscape. The Kreische Brewery and home are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Have you ever wondered what we do behind the scenes here at the Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill State Historic Sites? Are you curious to learn a more in-depth knowledge about the brewing process and the German heritage of the La Grange...
Join descendants of the Dawson & Mier Expeditions, members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Sons of the Republic of Texas, community members, Sites staff, and volunteers as we honor the soldiers entombed on Monument Hill. The...
Join us for a day of traveling to the past! Learn more about the work that archeologists do by exploring the history and artifacts of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill. Archeological activtities, site tours, and more will be offered.
From the Blog
By Jasmina Kocurek, Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill State Historic Sites
The milestones of LGBTQ+ literature are not the first thing that come to mind when one thinks of La Grange, Monument Hill, and the Kreische House. But that is just where one of the first English-language novels to depict lesbian love is set.
Norma Trist or Pure Carbon: A Story of the Inversion of the...
By Gavin Miculka, Assistant Site Manager, Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill State Historic Sites
Texans captured after the Dawson Massacre and the Battle of Mier—including those that drew white beans—were eventually imprisoned in Castle San Carlos de Perote in the Mexican state of Veracruz. While a few managed to escape Perote Prison, most were not liberated until September 1844....
Activity contributed by Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill State Historic Sites
Proven to stand the test of time, a button spinner toy is a very old concept but still brings so much joy to all family members. The real beauty in this DIY game is in its simplicity. It only requires two items that are commonly found in most households and is very easy to make.
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