Lone Star State 2008
The Painted Church at High Hill
There are five historic Painted Churches in the area around Schulenburg and La Grange, and we made arrangements for a tour of one of them for people who opted not to visit the Murphy Garden again, where Hooker Nichols conducted Louisiana iris garden judging training. A woman from the Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce met us at the Swiss Alp Grill and served as our guide. We visited the church at High Hill, built in 1902 by German Texans, and its interior was painted by German artisans from San Antonio. The columns and much of the interior look like marble, but they are made of wood and very masterfully painted to look like marble. The delicate paintings on the ceiling are actually painted on canvas that was adhered to the wooden ceiling. Those early German settlers in the area must have come from south Germany, which is predominantly Catholic.
Click on the pictures to see larger images. Photos by Ken Fuchs, 2008.