La Grange, Texas, has a long, rich history dating back to when the first colonists, led by Stephen F. Austin (the “Father of Texas”), settled in the town in the 1820s.
German and Czech settlers stumbled upon the rolling hills reminiscent of their homeland and decided to stay. Their cultural influence remains imprinted on the town today.
If you haven't heard of the Texas town, it attracted international attention in 1973 when rock band ZZ Top released its classic song "La Grange," which referred to "that shack outside La Grange."
It also inspired the hit stage musical play in 1979, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and the 1982 movie.
La Grange Has A Very Special Charm
For the convenience of worldwide quilt lovers, the Texas Quilt Museum selected the quaint town of La Grange, Texas, for its location.
The Texas Quilt Museum (979-968-3104) is located just off the courthouse square in La Grange's historic district on 140 West Colorado.
It houses a 10,000 square foot 19th century restored building showcasing various quilting styles, sizes, textures, and fabrics. The building features a giant outdoor quilt mural.
Three Galleries Of Beautiful Displays Are Available To View
The magnificent quilts, which range from antique and contemporary, are displayed from wall to wall, ceiling to floor. Three galleries of intricately pieced quilts and antique fabrics enchant the many visitors.
It would be impossible to properly describe the variety and diversity of the exhibits, which are a must-see. History and information are available in literature form, or (if you are lucky) the curator may show you around.
There are changing exhibits every four months. A heritage garden is directly adjacent.
Tour visitation hours may vary, so always check before planning a visit. Although there is an entrance fee, discounts are available for students and seniors. Arrange group tours with the museum staff in advance.
Conveniently Located From Houston, Austin and San Antonio
La Grange is conveniently located almost equidistant from Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, off two major highways (IH-10 and US 290). This location allows for an easy driving distance of major cities and airline hubs.
Houston, San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Austin are five of the 20 largest cities in the United States.
Even though it's a little further from Dallas/Fort Worth, it took approximately four hours and 27 minutes by car (no stops) from my home in Prosper, Texas (North Texas) via I-35E S and US-77 S.
International Airports Are Conveniently Close To La Grange
The Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin-Bergstrom International Airports offer numerous connections for International visitors who wish to visit the Museum.
There is also an array of day and overnight bus tours, regularly departing from a range of Texas cities to the Museum.
Others Sights To Visit In La Grange
La Grange features an old town square where charming shops offer old time shopping, and delicious Czech kolaches.
Many visitors to the Museum make a side visit to Blissful Folly Farm, a working farm with a food truck and hard ciders.
Besides lots of shopping and restaurants, La Grange and the surrounding Texas towns have a variety of hotels, motels, and B&Bs They are convenient if you want to nestle in for a long weekend stay.
You won't regret a visit to the Texas Quilt Museum. Everything is always bigger, better, and full of unexpected happenings in the rolling hills of Texas.
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