The 1855 Log Cabin

1855 Log Cabin Fredericksburg TX Artist Studio

INTRODUCING ... THE 1855 LOG CABIN

 

TEXAS HILL COUNTRY PLEIN-AIR PAINTING DAY TRIPS  
FREDERICKSBURG TEXAS

DAY USE
• PLEIN-AIR PAINTING & SKETCHING 
• PHOTOGRAPHY:  Birding, some fall colors, wildlife, & livestock - rams, lambs, sheep.    
• PRIVATE RANCH:  Explore the pasture, surrounded by nature.
• RELAX: On the porch or under a tree.
• VIEWS: Miles and miles of distant hills and views overlooking Luckenbach valley, Fredericksburg's famous Hwy 290 wine corridor, & Pedernales River Valley.

WHAT TO BRING:
• Bring your own water, snacks, plein-air art & photography gear, chair, bug spray, etc.
• There's NO ELECTRICITY - so make sure all batteries are fully charged.


NEARBY ATTRACTIONS / ACTIVITIES:
LOCATED BETWEEN LUCKENBACH & FREDERICKSBURG TEXAS, the 1855 Log Cabin is located smack dab in the heart of the fabulous Hill Country!

• DRINKS: There are numerous wineries and bars close-by, practically neighbors.
• FOOD & SHOPPING:  Fredericksburg's historic Main Street is just a couple miles away. 

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HOW TO BOOK:


BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
The 1855 Log Cabin is not accessible/visible by a public road.  It's located off a private dirt road in their back pasture.  Artists MUST CONTACT the owners to schedule their Art Day in advance!

• At this time, it is not available as a b&b / overnight stay. 

LET US KNOW:
• Planning to HOST AN ART WORKSHOP? 
• Need any MODELS?

PH: 830.342.7161 (may need to leave voicemail with your name, info, and preferred date)
EMAIL: kweigand36@yahoo.com

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ITS HISTORY
  Once upon a time ... there was an old tobacco barn in Tennessee.  
 
  The logs were purchased, disassembled, and brought to the Texas Hill Country by a Hill Country luxury home builder.  After several years, the builder hadn't been able to sell them, and the pile of logs remained stacked.   He made the decision to burn them in order to make room for new building materials for his clients.
 
  Upon hearing this, Kermit Weigand, along with his brother Clemens, who also worked in the building trades as a professional rock mason, worked out a deal with the builder.  In a nutshell, they saved the logs from being torched!
 
  The Weigand family hauled the hefty logs to their 4 generation farm, which is nestled on beautiful hills overlooking Luckenbach valley, Fredericksburg's famous Hwy 290 wine corridor, & the Pedernales River Valley.
 
  Together, the brothers worked diligently going through the un-numbered logs, trying to save as many as they could.  For its foundation, they gathered large slabs of ancient limestone rock from the same property, and one-by-one, the logs were set in place.  During construction, which took a while since both men also worked full-time, the brothers discovered a small hidden surprise!  

   One of the logs had its own little story to tell.

  They found the date "1855" carved into the wood, along with a few other letters, perhaps initials of the original Tennessee barn builder.

   Kermit's log & stone cabin transformed into a single room private family country retreat.   It features a loft, limestone rock fireplace, and a breezy wrap-around porch with miles and miles, of breathtaking distant views.
 
  Sadly within a relatively short time, both men passed away.  But Kermit left behind a legacy for his family, including his saved log cabin!
  
  One fine, sunny day, the cabin served as a wedding venue for a neighbor's cowboy style outdoor wedding.  But for the most part, the cabin has only been seen and used by a few friends and relatives.  It's mostly been used for storage.
 
  In 2022, some members of the Weigand Family, including artist Kathy Weigand, moved back to their Luckenbach family farm.   Having always admired its old-fashioned style and amazing views, the Weigands are now making new plans for their beloved country cabin.

ITS FUTURE
  The cabin is starting to see a new sense of energy & purpose.  The family is in the process of re-purposing it -  as an artist's hangout -  a peaceful setting for those who enjoy art! 

   It's a primitive work-in-progress family project, with much work yet to be done.   And the family intends to maintain its 1855 rustic character, while also honoring Kermit's original vision of "going back in time" to the 1800's.
 
  Hopefully the 1855 log cabin will have plenty more future stories to tell!


 



 

 

 

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