Castroville: The Little Alsace of Texas 10K Volksmarch

1600s Alsace home moved here.

1600s Alsace home moved here.

Castroville is home to one of the oldest structures in Texas, the Steinbach House. This house, originally built in the 1600s in Wahlbach, France, was relocated and restored in Castroville as a gift to the city from the people of Alsace. Beautifully decorated in period pieces donated by numerous Alsatian friends, it’s a definite site to see and must stop in Castroville.

The village of Castroville is nestled along the emerald-green Medina River. It was founded in 1844 by Henri Castro.  Castroville now is a mere 15 miles west of San Antonio.  Known as “The Little Alsace of Texas” the town has mingled its Alsatian heritage of yesteryear with the flare of Texas.

Castroville is meant to be indulged slowly at your own leisurely pace. Slip on your walking shoes, follow the signs, and take a self-guided walking tour featuring over 60 historic dwellings from the mid 19th century. It’s truly a step back in time as you encounter Alsatian-style cottages and architecture of that era.

The Castroville Regional Park along the pristine Medina River was a great place for our hike.  Beautiful pecan and cypress tree provided shade for our walk.

St. Louis Catholic Church

St. Louis Catholic Church

Statue of St. Louis

Statue of St. Louis

St. Louis Day

St. Louis Day

Pretty flowers.

Pretty flowers.

Lovely Trumpet Vines frame what appears to be swinging doors

Lovely Trumpet Vines frame what appears to be swinging doors

Interesting old building.

Interesting old building.

Joanne sporting a lovely t-shirt.

Joanne sporting a lovely t-shirt.

Registering for the walk.

Registering for the walk.

Coral Vine

Coral Vine

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

Church's Historical Marker

Church’s Historical Marker

Pretty Arbor

Pretty Arbor

Town's Founder's Historical Marker

Town’s Founder’s Historical Marker

Henri Castro

Henri Castro

Lovely flower draped wall.

Lovely flower draped wall.

Lovely old home.

Lovely old home.

Susan, Joe and Q-Tip

Susan, Joe and Q-Tip

Checkpoint #1

Checkpoint #1

Shirts show they have completed the 50 states and 51 Capitals.

Shirts show they have completed the 50 states and 51 Capitals.

Starting out on the walking trail.

Starting out on the walking trail.

Trail marker.

Trail marker.

Trail map.

Trail map.

View of the Medina River.

View of the Medina River.

Information on the park.

Information on the park.

Volksmarchers we met and stopped to chat with.

Volksmarchers we met and stopped to chat with.

Bees in the Coral Vine.

Bees in the Coral Vine.

Another historic home.

Another historic home.

Checkpoint #2 Volunteers.

Checkpoint #2 Volunteers.

Pride of Barbados and another plant for contrast.

Pride of Barbados and another plant for contrast.

Historic home.

Historic home.

Classic theatre now an antique store.

Classic theatre now an antique store.

Pretty design around a window.

Pretty design around a window.

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I am an avid Volksmarcher. I belong to Texas County Walkers in Mesquite.
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