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"no slogan"Population (2000): 63Elevation: 1,280 ftArea: undefinedCounty: Kendall
Zip Code: 78006Area Code: 830-324Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 29.8° N, 98.8° W
Location: North-central part of county; 21 mi S of US 290;
Highways: FM 1376 (Sisterdale Rd), RR 473
Creeks: Rivers: Guadalupe is just S of townLakes: none
CITY: Not incorporated
CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Nothing formal
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: 16 mi SE of Alamo Springs; 12 mi N of Boerne; 13 mi E of Comfort; 13 mi W of Kendalia, 18 mi S of Luckenbach
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching, winery, tourism
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: See full details in Directory below.
- Sister Creek Vineyards & Winery: 830-324-6704; www.sistercreekvineyards.com
- Sisterdale Dance Hall & Event Center: 210-508-0344; www.sisterdaledancehall.net
NEARBY & HILL COUNTRY-WIDE ATTRACTIONS: See Attractions.
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Bergheim: Serengeti Resort; Bergheim Historic General Store & Post Office
- Blanco: Historic Town Square & Courthouse; Real Ale Brewing Co
- Comfort: Comfort Historic District; Shopping; Vineyards; Golf; Monument; Bat Roost; Comfort Museum
- Kendalia: Historic Kendalia Halle Dance Hall
- Luckenbach: Luckenbach Dance Hall & General Store
- Blanco: Blanco State Park
- Fredericksburg: Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site & National Museum Of The Pacific War; Enchanted Rock State Natural Area; Lady Bird Municipal Park
- Spring Branch: Gaudalupe River State Park; Honey Creek State Natural Area
- Stonewall: LBJ State & National Historical Parks
EVENT CALENDAR: Note, the Ice House referenced below has regular entertainment and occasional events.
- August: VFW Annual BBQ Fundraiser, dinner 6p, dance 8p
- Mid-Oct: Fall Music Festival: at Sisterdale Saloon
- Recurring Events:
- 1st Sat: Trade Days, 830-324-6355; March-Nov, 9a-3p, across from the winery in town. Artisans, hand-made items, furniture, plants, jewelry, food and more
WEATHER: Local Weather; Hill Country-wide Weather
- On-Line News: Topix
- Newspapers, Radio/TV, Articles & Videos:
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: " founded in 1847 by Nicolaus Zink, a German freethinker who surveyed New Braunfels for Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels. This community in the idyllic valley of Sister Creek became one of the famous "Latin Settlements" as Zink was joined over the next two years by Forty-Eighters fleeing after the aborted 1848 revolution in Europe. The leader of these farmers was Ernst Kapp, and the circle included Ottomar von Behr, C. D. Adolph Douai, August Siemering, Julius Dresel, Dr. Julius Froebel, Gustav Theissen, and the Baron von Westphal (a brother-in-law of Karl Marx). John R. Bartlett, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Duke Paul of Wurttemberg visited Sisterdale and recorded their observations. Sisterdale opened a post office in 1851. The community was one of the centers of German abolitionism and Unionism before and during the Civil War. After the conflict it became a quiet Hill Country hamlet of farmers, with a population estimated at 150 in 1884. At that time the town had a shingle mill, a cotton gin, and a grocery store. Its population fell to twenty-five in 1914 but rose to fifty around 1925. In 1968 the estimate was sixty-three. The community supported two businesses between 1931 and 1980, when the number rose to four. In the mid-1980s local sources estimated the population at just under 100. In 1990 it was reported as sixty. The population was sixty-three in 2000."
See Biesele's The History Of the German Settlements in Texas, 1831-1861
Also see: http://www.sistercreekvineyards.com/history.html
PRIOR CITY NAMES:
HISTORICAL MARKERS: Sisterdale Valley Historic District (1975)
AVAILABLE SERVICES: Gas: no; Convenience Stores: no; Restaurants: trolley cafe; Lodging: yes; Grocery Stores: yes, small; Banks: no; Vehicle Repair: no; Hospital: no; Med Clinic: no; Post Office: no; Public Schools: no; Cemetery: yes
OTHER PROFILES: City Data (not available); ePodunk Profile (not available); Travel Texas (not available); Texas Escapes; Wikipedia
FM 1376 and Sisterdale Hwy are the same road.
Residential Subdivisions: Platten Creek
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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
(HISTORIC) SISTERDALE DANCEHALL & EVENT CENTER: 210-508-0344; 1210 Sisterdale Rd, Sisterdale, TX 78006. www.sisterdaledancehall.net. The Dancehall was built between 1884 and 1890. Famous artists performed at the Sisterdale Dancehall over the years. Dancehall has been a movie location, and it hosted George Strait in a Bud Light commercial. Brooks and Dunn used this Dancehall while filming their classic hit song, "Red Dirt Road". Now also a Wedding and special event facility. Live dance bands many Sat nights and some Fri nights.
PANIOLO RANCH B&B SPA: See listing in Lodging below.
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY:
1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
FM 1376, Sisterdale, TX 78006
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT: Unincorporated
LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: See: Kendall County Government Offices
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
Note: Nearest US postal services are in Kendalia, Boerne and Waring
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing
PANIOLO RANCH B&B SPA: 866-726-4656; 1510 FM 473, Boerne, TX 78006. www.panioloranch.com
ROCK HARBOR HILL COUNTRY LODGE: 830-388-0233; 106 Marquardt Rd, Sisterdale, TX 78006. www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p299935.com
SISTERDALE GUESTHOUSE: 830-431-0050; 1209 FM 1376, Sisterdale, TX 78006
HILL COUNTRY TRAIL RIDES: 830-644-8292; 645 Upper Sisterdale Rd, Boerne, TX 78006. www.chancecutting.com
MARLOWE CANDLE COMPANY: 830-324-6895; 1203 FM 1376, Sisterdale, TX 78006. Hand poured, highly scented candles. www.marlowecandlecompany.com
SISTERDALE COMMUNITY CENTER: 2 Sisterdale-Lindendale Rd, Sisterdale, TX 78006
(THE) SISTERDALE GENERAL STORE: 830-998-8031; 1143 Sisterdale Rd (FM 1376), Sisterdale, TX 78006. www.sisterdalegeneralstore.com, Facebook. Groceries, ranch supplies, kayak rental/shuttle, fishing trips, guitar lessons
SISTERCREEK RANCH: 830-324-6525; 1818 FM 1376, Boerne TX 78006 (but located 6 mi N of Sisterdale). http://sistercreekranch.com. Owners of this 700-acre working ranch have tailored it to be a perfect spot for horse owners to enjoy themselves to the fullest. No horse rentals, you must bring your own horses. Full and pasture boarding. Upscale guest houses, saloon, barn, arena, round pen, and lots of horse riding trails, hiking, catch and release fishing, and great spots for cooling off in the creeks. Available for corporate retreats, meetings, weddings and private parties. Spa services. Tennessee Walker trail horses for sale. All trailers and rv's must be gray and black water self-contained. No drop-ins, ranch is gated and requires security code.
SISTERDALE TRADING COMPANY & BOUTIQUE: 830-324-6774; 1209 Hwy 1376, Sisterdale, TX 78006. Owned and operated by Margaret & Spencer Thompson. An interesting shop for Hill Country books, shirts, art, jewelry, furniture and neat Texana gifts made by Hill Country artisans. A must see in Sisterdale. Wed-Sun 10-5.
MAYWALD'S SISTERDALE SMOKEHOUSE: 830-324-6858; 1123 Sisterdale Rd (FM 1376), Sisterdale, TX 78006. www.sisterdalesmokehouse.com
SISTER CREEK CAFE: 830-481-7024; 1209 FM 1376, Sisterdale, TX 78006. The trolley car cafe, open Wed-Sun, owned and operated by Big Bo Kern (one of the past chefs at Alamo Springs Cafe where they make the famous hamburgers) and Donna Brown. [Editor's food review: Without question, this is some excellent food from a tiny, unpretentious place. BBQ beef and chicken, green chili rice with chicken or BBQ bits (to die for), an excellent and unusual potato salad, cold drinks, a super friendly chef, and one of the best kept secrets in the entire region. Don't miss this one!]
SISTERDALE SALOON: 830-324-6767; 1211 Sisterdale Rd, Sisterdale, TX 78006. Popular motorcycling stop. Live entertainment with outdoor venue and fire pit. Saloon open 7 days/wk. Facebook
HILL COUNTRY-WIDE UTILITY PROVIDERS:
For Hill Country area utility service providers (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash),
telecom providers (land lines, cellular service, TV, internet), and related services (package delivery, newspaper, etc.), click: Utilities & Telecom
SISTER CREEK VINEYARDS: 830-324-6704; 1142 Sisterdale Rd, Sisterdale, TX 78006. www.sistercreekvineyards.com; Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-5:30, and Sun Noon-5:30. Award winning, barrel-aged, European-style wines made in an 1885 cotton gin. Wines include Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Muscat Canelli. Directions: 12 mi N of Boerne on scenic FM 1376.
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
Upscale Western-style Guest House Lodging
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: www.SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
Come Relax & Enjoy!