La Grange was first settled in the 1820's on land granted to John H. Moore. The town is named after General La Fayette's county home in France. La Grange became a major site of German and Czech settlement in the 1840’s because the rolling hills and forests were reminiscent of the settler’s homelands. Even today the German and Czech influence on the town remains strong, seen in many local customs, architecture and cuisine. The famed Chicken Ranch, which was the inspiration for the hit play and film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, was located in La Grange. The city was also the subject of ZZ Top’s classic rock song "La Grange”.
Many of La Grange’s attractions are easily accessible on foot once you are in La Grange’s Courthouse Square and Main Street sites. Some of the attractions, including Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic and The Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center are located away from the Square and are only accessible by vehicle.
Texas Quilt Museum140 West Colorado, La Grange, Texas 78945 (979) 968-3104. Showcases stunning quilts in changing exhibits in three spacious, high-ceilinged galleries. Also features a period “town” garden alongside a beautiful outdoor mural.
Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites 414 State Loop 92, La Grange, TX 78945 (979) 968-5658. Remains of the early brewery and monument to the men of the 1842 Dawson Mier Expedition who drew the “black beans of death” after their capture by the Mexican Army at Salado Creek. See an outstanding view of downtown La Grange and the Colorado River. A Texas Heroes Day is held at Monument Hill every September featuring re-enactors and guest speakers.
The Old Fayette County Jail 171 S. Main Street, La Grange, TX 78945 (979) 968-3017.Old Jail turned Visitors Bureau! We’ve got information on local attractions, public restrooms, museum, and gift shop. There is an original jail cell from 1883. Don’t forget to take a picture.
151 N. Washington La Grange, TX 78945 (979) 968-5254. This beautiful, historic courthouse was built in 1890 and is one of the only courthouses in Texas to feature an open atrium!
Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center 250 Fairgrounds Rd La Grange, TX 78945
(888) 785-4500. The Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center is a museum that displays artifacts and memorabilia which tell the story of the Czech immigrants who settled in Texas. The Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center also includes; the Czech Music Museum, a Texas Czech Village with vintage homes and period furnishing, and a library where visitors can conduct genealogical and historical research.
Fayette Heritage Museum Library & Archives 855 South Jefferson St, La Grange, Texas 78945 (979) 968-3765 Rotating displays on Fayette County history. Extensive collection of county genealogy, microfilmed publications, local documents, photographs and data from the early 1800s.
Depot Museum and M-K-T Railroad Depot 171 S. Main, La Grange, TX 78945(979) 968-5756. Learn the history of the local railroads and its importance to the area! Artifacts and Original furnishings. Active track right outside!
Jersey Barnyard 3117 Hwy. 159, La Grange, Texas 78945 (979) 249-3017.
Tour the family owned Jersey dairy farm. Relax on the porch, pet the animals, have some ice cream and enjoy the countryside.
The Historic Faison Home 822 South Jefferson La Grange, TX 78945. One of the oldest homes in Fayette County, boasting original furnishings of the wealthy Faison family, whose members occupied the home for nearly 90 years.
La Grange hosts a number of events throughout the year.
May Fest (Slavnost)- at Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, a celebration of Czech music and culture. Always in May.
Fayette County Sheriff's Posse- Bull Riding and Rodeo Event-Always in Mid August.
Fayette County Fair- Music, dances, livestock shows, home exhibits, cookoffs, softball tournaments. Always Labor Day weekend.
Muziky,Muziky, An annual celebration of Czech music and culture at the Sanford Schmid Amphitheater on the Fayette County Fairgrounds. Always in October.
Schmeckenfest- La Grange’s Old World Christmas Celebration on the Courthouse Square; The festivities include samples of wassil, German dancing, food booths, live music, and a visit from Santa. Always the first Thursday in December.
Best Little Quilt Show in Texas- Quilt extravaganza at the Fayette County Fairgrounds- Always in February.
Best Little Cowboy Gathering in Texas- Chuckwagon exhibits, Western trade shows, Horse Clinic, BBQ cookoff, Cowgirl’s Ball, Children’s activities, Cowboy Poetry and Story Tellin’- Always in March.
La Grange Uncorked- An annual wine and food festival that takes place on the Courthouse Square. Always in March.
Bugle Boy-1051 N. Jefferson (US 77 N)La Grange, Texas (979) 968-9944.
The Bugle Boy is one of America’s premier listening rooms. It offers a wide variety of concerts of American Roots music by regional, national and international, independent artists, performing original works that include blues, folk, jazz, rock, swing, country western, and singer/songwriters. Concerts are every Friday and Saturday evening.