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    HILDA, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Mason County, Texas Hill Country
    Near Beaver Creek
    Half mile E of RR 783
    About 5 Miles W of Highway 83
    About 40 Miles NW of Fredericksburg
    About 23 Miles NE of Harper
    Population: Anyone’s guess

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    Low water crossing near Hilda, Texas
    Low water crossing near Hilda
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2004

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Transmigrating German immigrants arrived here in the mid 1850s to avoid the overflowing towns of New Braunfels and Fredericksburg. Indians made life difficult for the settlers and staple supplies required a trip to Fredericksburg.

    Originally named Beaver Creek, the name Hilda was submitted when a post office was applied for. Hilde Schulze, a relative to the postmistress was the community’s namesake. In 1865 a Methodist church / school building was constructed. In the early 1890s a separate school was constructed. The original church was razed in 1902 and a new building built from the original stone.

    Growth was between slow and nonexistent. The post office closed in 1919 and although no exact population figures are available, it was estimated that 35 families occupied the immediate countryside surrounding the stone church, most of them engaged in sheep and cattle raising.

    Bethel M. E. Church

    Historical Marker:
    Built 1862. Second church of any faith in Mason County. Housed first school in the county.

    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1965
    Hilda, Texas - Bethel M.E. Church
    Bethel M.E. Church
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2011
    Hilda, Texas - Bethel M.E. Church cornerstone
    Bethel M.E. Church cornerstone
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2011
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    Hilda, Texas - Bethel M.E. Church historical marker
    Bethel M.E. Church historical marker
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2011
    Hilda, Texas - Bethel M.E. Church  Cottage
    Church Cottage
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2011
    Photographer's Note:
    The little cottages were called ESSHAUS'S. These ESSHAUS'S were used by church members who would drive their wagons or buggies from far out in the country. Sometimes staying 2 nights and returning home after church or the following day. They have 2 of these restored. There were about 8 people around doing yard work & maintenance and had a great time visiting with all the friendly folks!!!!

    This Church may be small & off the beaten path but it's very much active. - Will Beauchamp, March 2011
    Hilda, Texas - Bethel M.E. Church  Cottage plaque
    Church Cottage plaque
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2011
    Hilda, Texas - Bethel M.E. Church  Cottage
    Another view of Church Cottage
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2011
    Hilda, Texas - Bethel M.E. Church picture
    Bethel M.E. Church picture
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2011
    Hilda, Texas - Bethel M.E. Church door knob
    Well used church door knob
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2011
    Hilda, Texas - Bethel M.E. Church  out building
    Church out building
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2011
    Hilda, Texas - Hilda Methodist  Cemetery
    Hilda Methodist Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2011
    Hilda, Texas - Bethel  Methodist Church
    Another view of Bethel M.E. Church
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2011
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    Brandenberger Ranch, Hilda, Texas
    Brandenberger Ranch in Hilda
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2003
    Hilda, Texas - Brandenberger Ranch House
    Brandenberger Ranch House
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2004
    sheep
    Residents in Hilda
    TE Photo , 2001
    Nearby Destinations

  • FM 783 South to Harper, another 22 miles to Kerrville
  • FM 783 North to US 87, then North to Mason, or South to Fredericksburg

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