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Heritage Village is a collection of historic structures that have been relocated over the years to this 11.5 acre site. The 1858 Breustedt-Dillen house (a registered national, state and city historic landmark) is an early Texas farmhouse of fachwerk construction; it houses the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture—a collection of over seventy pieces of Texas Biedermeier furniture (circa 1845 – 1880) including prominent local German cabinetmakers Jahn, Stauzenberger, Scholl and Tietze. To the rear of the Breustedt house stands an 1850’s limestone and log structure housing a summer kitchen and smokehouse. Across the backyard is the limestone Breustedt kitchen which was recently moved to Heritage Village to rejoin the main house after a more than forty year separation. (The Breustedt kitchen display is still being reconstructed.)
In a barn structure adjacent to the house is a Cabinet Shop complete with a collection of antique furniture maker’s tools. A new addition to the Cabinet Shop display is a miniature replica by the late miniature artist James Timmons of the Scholl Cabinet Shop furnished with authentic scale model furniture and tools.
The 1847 Reininger log cabin stands to the side of the Breustedt-Dillen house. This two room dog-trot structure is furnished to showcase the lives of the first settlers to arrive in New Braunfels from Germany. Other structures on the grounds are: Solms School, an early 1900’s Comal County rural schoolhouse, which is used by the Heritage Society for meetings and storage. The Specht farmhouse relocated to Heritage Village in 2006 and is in the process of restoration as a Visitor’s Center and Administrative Office for the museum.
Also located on the grounds is Heritage Pavilion, an outdoor handicapped accessible pavilion, with seating for groups of approximately 100 people. Included in the pavilion is a catering kitchen and restrooms. The Pavilion and museum grounds are available for group rentals.