Saturday, May 23rd from 10am to 3pm, will be a “HOT TIME” at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. The Sauer-Beckmann Farm blacksmith shop will host blacksmiths from all over the Hill Country who will demonstrate their knowledge and talent making turn-of-the-century pieces. The LBJ State Park is located 14 miles west of Johnson City or 15 miles east of Fredericksburg on Hwy 290. For more information, you can contact the park at 830-644-2252.
If you have not visited the LBJ State Park previously, we have over 20 covered picnic sites. So pack a picnic and spend the day at the park enjoying the outdoors along with learning about the lost art of blacksmithing and watch as blacksmiths heat cold iron in a forge to a red-hot glow. Listen to the anvil as the iron is shaped into many useful objects and tools of the times. Door handles, nails, hasps, forks, and much more will be on display or made throughout the day. Come experience history and see ordinary metal being turned into utilitarian pieces and objects of art. In addition to the blacksmithing, there will be a Ferrier demonstrating hoof trimming and horse shoeing
Some of the items that are forged at the blacksmith shop can be purchased in the Park Store. Check out the park store for other unique gift items.
See you on the 23rd of May and experience the old time blacksmithing traditions along with the living history farm with all the farm animals that will take you back in time as they were done in the early 1900s. Throughout the day interpreters dressed in period clothing will be available to visit with the public as they enjoy the blacksmith shop, old log cabin house, Victorian house, barns and other buildings. The public visiting the farm are sure to gain a better understanding of the lifestyle here in the Texas Hill Country were a president grew up – Lyndon B. Johnson.
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site also provides a free movie to the public at the Visitor Complex titled “LBJ – The Hill Country” were you can hear the 36th President and Ladybird Johnson’s narrative tour of their beloved home the Texas Hill Country and the LBJ Ranch along with may exhibits for pubic viewing.
Also available at 11:00am and 2:00pm are guided bus tours of the LBJ Ranch and throughout the day permits are issued for those who wish to view the ranch in their private vehicle with a CD narrative tour.
For more information about the State Park and upcoming events and activities go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lbj .