What a great surprise to visit this historic and beautiful town. An hour and a half from Waco is a jewel of Texas.
Founded in 1887, Granbury started as a square and log cabin courthouse. Many of the buildings on the square are now registered historic landmarks, including the Granbury Opera House, which still hosts Broadway productions. The city name originated from the Confederate General Hiram B. Granberry. Some scholars, to explain why the city name is spelled differently, believe the name Granberry was misread on a document, but recent findings have concluded that Granberry chose to spell his name Granbury.
Recent expansion of the city was made possible by the damming of the Brazos River in 1969, which formed Lake Granbury, a long, narrow lake which flows through the city.
Granbury and Hood County are rich in Texas history. David (Davy) Crockett’s wife, Elizabeth, settled in Hood County in 1853 following the Texas Revolution against Mexico. Crockett, as well as other Alamo participants, received 640 acres in land grants. The Crockett family received land in what is now Hood County. Elizabeth Crockett is buried in Acton State Historic Site, the smallest state park in Texas. A large statue of Elizabeth Crockett marks her grave site. Several of Crockett’s descendants still reside in Hood County.
Lake Grandbury runs right through the town. The hotel we stayed at was on the lake which includes a boardwalk, fishing pier and beach. Our days there were full of thunderstorms and freezing weather. The Hilton Garden Inn, however, was a great hotel with everything we needed to have a fun time. We did manage to get out to a couple of places. We will definitely be visiting again in better weather. We were there for a conference, so we did not get to pick the dates we were there.
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Outside our hotel room, the ducks, cranes, pelicans and seagulls were flying around. I get very excited about birds !
Mesquite Pit Steaks and BBQ
This is a great all around restaurant to visit. Very nice and great staff. It’s right on the lake. There is an outdoor patio overlooking Lake Granbury. Maybe we can sit there next time ! When it’s not raining !! To see my Google Local Guide review, click here:
Ketzler’s Schnitzel Haus And Biergarten
Nothing makes me cry more than a small German town in Texas. I don’t know, but I’m sure I’m not alone. It’s almost like you can feel their heart and soul, because that’s what that put into everything they did here in Texas. As for other states, I do not know. I only know that there are many German immigrant towns in Central Texas where I live. These towns are always the best weekend destinations. The best because of the stone homes turned bed N breakfast, the German food heritage that is so still alive, the bakeries, the German descendants that still live in the area and the many, many German visitors that come from all over the world because they have learned about these charming pockets of their people that exist in the United States, in Texas.