Permanent settlement on the site dates back to the mid 1800's. The property has some of the oldest buildings in Sisterdale. The stone block Fort pre-dates the Civil War. Open gun ports line the foot-thick fortified stone walls. These narrow and angled cut stone openings allowed gunmen a wide range of motion to fight off an Indian attack, and reduced the number of incoming arrows or gunshots. The same design was used in European Medieval castles.
In its early years, the Dancehall was an Opera House, dancehall and community center. Later, it became a full-time dancehall with a community grocery store and post office next door. The Dancehall was the center of musical life for the community. Music of all kinds flooded the Dancehall during its long life-classical opera, folk, rock, Tejano, Americana and country music.
performed at the Sisterdale Dancehall over the years. Our Dancehall
has been a movie location, and it hosted George Strait in a Bud Light
commercial. Brooks and Dunn used our Dancehall while filming their
classic hit song, Red Dirt Road.
To many, this area is the prettiest part of the Texas Hill Country. The grass is a little greener, the rivers and creeks are a little cleaner, the wildlife is more abundant, and the hills are more majestic.
tribes roamed this country for centuries, living off the plentiful
wild game and varied vegetation. Abundant, telltale signs of their
existence are still here-with flint arrowheads scattered around the
many creek banks.