On one of our many outing “adventures” (as I like to call them) we decided to stop by the LBJ Ranch aka LBJ National Historical Park near Johnson City on March 19th. The original reason for this adventure was to find bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes.
We had passed by the entrance to the visitors center numerous times over the years on our way to Fredericksburg but never stopped in.
Since it is a National Park and ran by the National Park Service, Active Duty military get in free. The only thing that will cost you are gifts and if you would like a tour of the “Texas White House”.
Upon entering, you stop at the visitors center to obtain your park pass. They will hand you a tour map and send you on your way. If it is springtime, you will get to enjoy the fields of bluebonnets at the visitors center as you enter the park.
The park consists of 8 points of interest:
- Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm
- Junction School
- LBJ Birthplace
- Johnson Family Cemetery (where President Johnson is buried)
- Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr. Farmhouse
- Show Barn
- Texas White House
This is still a working ranch (per the condition set by President Johnson), so please keep that in mind when visiting. Cattle have the right of way!
“We..wanted the LBJ Ranch to be our home for the remaining years left to us, and then to be open to all who wished to visit.” Lady Bird Johnson – 1999.
Travel Time From Fort Hood: 2hrs / 100 miles
Address: 199 Park Road 52; Stonewall, TX 78671