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"Boerne After Dark" Tour Kicks Off!

Ghost TourBoerne’s spirited past is filled with legends of both “spirits” that go bump in the night, as well as “spirits” of another sort, including stories of tunnels allegedly used for prohibition purposes.

The history of our town is legendary, and it involves frontiersmen, Indians, German settlers, those seeking fortunes, and those seeking better health. One could live here for years and not know that there was a time when cattle used to be penned up in Main Plaza, or that the Great Western Trail came through Boerne? Or that the arrival of the telegraph office and the steam engine helped extend Boerne to the rest of the nation?

Downtown Boerne History- Credit Dietert Historical Archives, Patrick Heath Public LibraryWhether you are a visitor or a resident, the true stories that make up our town and our past are legendary and our friends at Boerne Walking Tours are honored to share them with you. They are a new company that was launched over the summer by a local husband-wife team with fifth-generation roots that extend to some of the early German settlers in Boerne. Professional writers with a love of history, they realized that the stories, legends and people that made up Boerne’s storied past weren’t getting passed down to new generations. Here is a little more about the tours and what you can expect if you take them from the owners themselves.

Now that the crisp fall air is on its way and the “dog days” of summer are just about over, the evenings are a perfect time to experience the new “lantern-lit” “Boerne After Dark” stroll, or a daytime “History and Heritage” Tour with a Boerne Walking Tours guide.

 

LanternBoerne by Night

“BOERNE AFTER DARK” TOUR

For those who prefer People magazine to the History Channel, this is YOUR tour!  Guests on this new one-hour lantern-lit evening tour will stroll down Main Street and tuck into alleys along the way as our guides introduce you to the “dark” side of Boerne.

In addition to folklore, haunted stories and legends, you’ll be transported back to a different time as we imagine Boerne as it once was--- back when the local “Uber” was a horse and buggy that operated out of one of the

Downtown Boerne History- Credit Dietert Historical Archives, Patrick Heath Public Library

livery stables in town. Along the way, we will point out one that is still standing!

But don’t worry—Main Street is always well-lit, and will be even MORE so as businesses begin to hang up their Holiday lights. We don’t even need the lantern, really. Our guide carries it just because it looks cool!

 

Some of the things you’ll learn on the night tour:

  • Stories, ghosts and legends from Main Street
  • Town history, namesakes, and founders
  • German heritage and influence
  • What “new technology” arrived for a one-day traveling show and frightened the locals so much that some fainted on the spot?
  • Hardships of frontier life
  • The Legend of the “Missing Calf”
  • The Deer Who Helped Keep Britain on the Gold Standard
  • The “Haunted” Well
  • Triumphs and tragedies of our early residents
  • Plus much more

 

No “fake news” on this tour!

As writers and historians, we are sticklers for the facts. Even when telling some of the more “spirited” stories of some residents who loved Boerne so much that some believe they are still “hanging around,” the people are all historical figures.

Everything on our tour has a basis in fact, as backed up by archives, birth and death records, old newspaper articles, and oral stories that have come through the generations.

 

Boerne Walking TourBoerne by Day

“HISTORY AND HERITAGE” TOUR

Boerne Walking Tours began by telling the stories of the people, the history and the heritage that makes Boerne so popular! But like everything that is new, we learned a few things. So, we adjusted.

Boerne Walking Tours will continue conducting our daytime “History and Heritage” tour which delves a little more deeply into dates, names, architecture and heritage and less on folklore and legends. If you loved your history class in high school, this tour has your name written all over it!

Among the things we will talk about include:

  • Original settlement of Boerne
  • Our town namesake
  • Political climate in Germany that led to a large German population in Texas
  • Building dates and founders
  • Local architectural styles found throughout Boerne including the traditional German, Southern Colonial, and Victorian
  • Founding families
  • Why did they choose to settle in Texas?
  • Impact of the railroad on commerce
  • Early industries, and their effect
  • Tourism boom and reputation as a health resort
  • Reason for so many downtown streets with German surnames
  • German Music and Heritage
  • Art al Fresco and other cultural attractions
  • Modern Boerne

 

Hill Country Mile- Boerne StoresHow Can I Book a Tour?

Tours will start back up again the first weekend in October and will continue on a regular basis throughout the year (dependent on weather). A schedule of weekly times/prices is on our website, as it changes according to the month and if other events are taking place in downtown that evening.

If you want to grab a group of friends or book as part of a wedding, reunion or convention group, call us directly for discounted rates/private tour option on groups of 10 or more at (830) 428-8344.

Tours can be booked directly at the Boerne Walking Tours Facebook page (click “book now”), at the front desk of several Boerne hotels, or at www.boernewalkingtours.com.