Monument Hill State Historic Site

414 State Loop 92
La Grange, TX 78945-5733


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.

Upcoming Events

October 8

Archeology Day at Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill

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 activities, site tours, and more will be offered.

October 29

Spooky Stories & Bonfire Night on the Bluff

Join us for Halloweekend as we light a fire on the Bluff and recount historical spooky stories of Texas and Fayette County! Enjoy local legends and frightening tales around the Bluff bonfire. The bonfire (weather and conditions permitting) will...

December 9

Trail of Lights

Join Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill this holiday season as the grounds transform for our annual holiday lights event. Walk along our historic trail to themed displays such as Candy Lane, Holiday in the Dog Park, O Tannenbaum musical display,...

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