Monument Hill State Historic Site

414 State Loop 92
La Grange, TX 78945-5733

Latitude: 29.888041
Longitude: -96.876365

979-968-5658

KBMH@thc.texas.gov

 

The monument marks the tomb of the men that died during the Dawson Massacre of September 1842 and the ill-fated Mier expedition of November 1842, also known as the “black bean” incident. Nearby citizens reinterred their remains here in a common tomb so that they can be honored for their sacrifice. The site is now marked by a 1936 Centennial monument.

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.

In 1849, master stonemason and German immigrant, Heinrich Kreische built his home and in the 1860s one of the first commercial breweries in Texas. Walk the ruins of this once bustling brewery and see how it remains a lasting example of prosperity by immigrants in Texas. The Kreische Brewery and home are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Upcoming Events

September 18

Texas Heroes Texas Heroes Day 2021

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...

October 9

Archeology Day at Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill

Learn about the archaeology of Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill State Historic Sites. The day will feature special archeology related tours of the Kreische Brewery and Kreische House, exhibits of rarely seen brewery artifacts, information...

October 30

Bonfire & Spooky Stories

Enjoy local legends and frightening tales of Fayette County around the Bluff bonfire. The bonfire (weather and conditions permitting) will be lit around 6:45 and stories begin at 7:00pm. Come early! Watch the sunset from the Bluff while enjoying...

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