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SERBIN, TEXAS

Lee County, Central Texas S
FM 448
7 miles S of Giddings
9 miles N of Winchester
42 miles W of Brenham
18 miles NE of Smithville
61 miles E of Austin via US 290


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Serbin is now a dispersed community.
Since the only history of Serbin revolves around the Wends -
we include an informal history in the following article

A look at Texas' most unique immigrant group:

THE WENDS IN TEXAS

Life is Hard - and Then You're Assimilated

The Brides Wore Black

by Raoul Hashimoto


"One of the more unusual customs the Wends had was brides being married in black wedding dresses. This was to symbolize the hardships the bride was about to suffer."
tree and tombstones in Serbin Texas
Tree and it's shadow
Photo by John Troesser, 2001

Here's an inspirational tale for you. If you're not in the mood for an inspirational tale - then here's an unequaled tale of hardship. Everyone enjoys those.

This is the story of the Wends - an immigrant group that redefines the word endurance. It's no mystery that they have nearly disappeared - the mystery is how they ever survived the hardships of their first few years.


Background:

The Wends or Sorbs (as they were then called in Europe) came from the land immediately South of Berlin where the countries of Poland, Germany and (the former) Czechoslovakia came together. Serbin simply means "Place of the Serbs". Sorb is the old-world spelling of Serb.

Their separate language, customs and the fact that they were primarily farmers without representation left them at the mercy of the Prussians. The Prussians weren't at all interested in the welfare of the Wends. For all the Prussians cared - the Wends could sail off to Australia or Texas. Which was exactly what they did.


The Migration to Texas:


Nothing went smoothly for the Wends. ..... next page

 
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