This was my home for two days, a Sunday House built in 1898, by John and Mathilde Metzger — the home is now 115 years old, and full of charm!
John Metzger is a descendant of Frederick Metzger, who, in 1845, at the age of 75, brought his family to Texas from Germany, and finally settling in Fredericksburg. The home is still in the Metzger family, and the owners share their family’s history through pictures and a notebook within the home.
At the time the house was built, John and his wife were actually residents of Luckenback (“Where Everybody is Somebody”), located about ten miles southeast. Since it was important for farmers and ranchers, like the Metzgers, to go to church on Sunday, Sunday Houses sprung up in the town. The farmers and ranchers would typically make their way to town on Friday night, shop and entertain on Saturday, go to church Sunday morning, and then make the return trip home.
Sunday houses were constructed by the Germans who settled the region, and were almost exclusively confined in the Texas Hill Country. Since the Sunday houses were the second dwellings of the local farmers and ranchers, they were very small, and typically located near a church (you can see the church the Metzger’s attended from the front yard). The home usually consisted of only two rooms on the first floor, with an attic room accessed by outside stairs (where the children would usually sleep).
For me, staying at the Metzger Sunday House was a charming step back in time. Inside there is a kitchen, bath, and multi-purpose room, which includes a sitting area and a queen size bed. On the porch, there is a swing, which I made use of several times during my stay. Since I stayed during the first part of the week, before a holiday weekend, the neighboring Sunday Homes were vacant, giving me a greater sense of privacy.
If you get a chance to go to Fredericksburg, check out these reviews of the Metzger Sunday House on Trip Advisor. To make reservations for this, or another home in town, I have always used Gastenhaus Schmidt, and have never been disappointed.
I drive the Willow City Loop on day two! Beautiful pictures of wildflowers to come!!!