We spent several hours touring Seguin, Texas today. Neither of us had been there before so it was great to explore for the first time together.
We stopped at the Seguin-Guadalupe County Heritage Museum and while it was very nice and orderly – clean and well-kept displays, nicely signed displays and very friendly personnel, it was kind of a disappointment as there wasn’t much too it. What happened to everything’s bigger in Texas?? We probably didn’t spend much more than half an hour there…and that includes potty breaks!
We also stopped at Los Nogales. Los Nogales is the last remaining adobe structure in Seguin, having been built in 1849. A quaint little building that now has a second life as a small museum. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open today and there was no information about when it would be open.
What we didn’t know was that Los Nogales was part of the ‘Heritage Village‘ and there were three other historic buildings on the same corner.
Right next to Los Nogales is the Dietz Doll House, built in 1910 by Louis Dietz a German Carpenter. Dietz and his sister, Miss Mollie, adopted Alice O’Brien, a foundling who arrived on an Orphan Train. Alice and her cousin, Buddy, played in the house for many years.
The doll house has been restored over the years and now holds various toys from days gone by and there is also a wardrobe and dresser on display that were originally owned by Louis Dietz.
Across the street we found a cute little dog-trot style house that dates back to the early 1850s. John Donegal from Ireland built a small cabin just five miles southwest of Seguin. The year following, he returned to Ireland and convinced 23 of his relatives to move to Texas with him. With the help of his relatives he added on to the small cabin, making it the dog-trot of today. Descendants of Donegal lived in the in the cabin until 1952 without the comforts of running water or electricity.
Beside the Donegal dog trot sits Seguin’s First Church and bell tower, built in 1849 and originally located in the center of town. There are two doors at the entrance to the church – the door on the left was for women and children while the door on the right was for the men…once inside the church members sat on designated sides…by gender. The church is available for rent for weddings, baptisms, etc.
While we were roaming the grounds of the Heritage Village, Michael mentioned that he was hungry for fried chicken (he’d also mentioned it several times over the last few days) so I did a quick Google search for fried chicken in Seguin and came up with the Rusty Rooster. Normally, I only get the usual KFC, Popeyes and Church’s so I was happy when I saw the listing for The Rusty Rooster and it was rated at 4.7 stars (out of 5) with 46 reviews on Google.
Our entire order was delicious (fried chicken, catfish, cole slaw, macaroni & cheese, mashed taters & white gravy). The young lady who took our order was very friendly and accommodating. The inside dining room was pretty small (and nearly full) so we opted to sit outside on the patio and our food was delivered to us there. We’d highly recommend this place if you’re in the Seguin area and enjoy good fried chicken. Another thing we really liked? An open bible on the counter…where do you see that kind of thing these days?
The biggest reason we went to Seguin was to visit Pape’s Pecan House & Museum. Pape’s has been on my ‘list’ for several years and we just had not gotten there. But…Michael found a recipe for a Pecan Cobbler that he drooled over enough that I said I’d make it for him. So…off to Pape’s we went!
Huge Pape and his son, Kenneth, opened Pape’s in 1961 and while Hugo passed away years ago, Kenneth and his wife, Zee still own and operate the business. Pape’s has its own pecan orchard a few miles away but they shell and package them at this location.
Also on location is a nutcracker museum. All of the nutcrackers (approximately 8,000 of them!) were collected by Kenneth and they come in all shapes and sizes from all over the world. There are you typical wooden soldier types, Naughty Nellies, brass crackers, wooden crackers, big ones, small ones…you name it! We enjoyed seeing all of them!
Vicky, the young lady working the cash register was awesome! She even showed me a ‘naughty’ cave man nutcracker that she said she wouldn’t show when men were around! She told us about the owners and explained about the different types of pecans and when they were harvested.
Pape’s also boasts that they have the ‘Largest Mobile Pecan’ and we made sure to get a picture of the two of us with it!
When we first drove into town we happened to see signs for the Juan Seguin Burial Site. After a quick Google search to find out who he was, we made a detour and found it. Juan Seguin was born in San Antonio in 1806 and spent much of his life in the military.
He played an integral part in establishing the independence of Texas, reached the grade of Colonel in the military, served as a US Senator, was elected Mayor of San Antonio, was Justice of the Peace in Bexar County, defender of the Alamo, hero of San Jacinto, founding father of the Bexar County Democratic party and served as the County Judge in Wilson County. Just a few accomplishments, right?
Sequin passed away while living Mexico near his son in 1890. He was re-interred in Seguin (his namesake) in 1976 during the nation’s bicentennial ceremonies.
We really enjoyed our day in Seguin, a pretty little town with one of those quaint town squares that we wouldn’t mind going back to do a little more exploring. You should too!