The Prairie Chapel School is the lone landmark that
bears the name of this community, settled by German and Austrian immigrants in
the late 1800’s. Its white wood
frame, which sits atop a windswept hill in the center of the community, serves
as a reminder of the past, when society and its people moved at a slower,
simpler pace. As the world seems
to spin faster each day in its technological whirlwind of cellular phones,
pagers, and Internet access, this old school building reminds one of a time
when horses and wagons, wood stoves, apples and oranges for Christmas, one
good pair of shoes, going to church on Sunday morning and taking an afternoon
nap, and visiting with neighbors on the front porch were the foundations of
this rural community. So strong
are the ties that descendants of the original immigrants still live today on
many of the farms and ranchers in the community. Click
here to read more about our history.
We have been in the process for
several years of restoring this building as a museum, and we have placed a
historical marker. This school is located one mile from President Bush's ranch
and is probably one of the few remaining schoolhouses in McLennan County.
The school offers memorabilia
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of school years gone by and
the history of the school, established in the 1800's, as well as, the
surrounding community. Tours of the school are free and by appointment.
Donations are welcome for further restoration and maintenance of the school.
For tours contact: Sandra Gauer at 254-486-2458 or email:
If you would like to help with a
donation, please send it to Prairie Chapel School Association, P.O.Box 94, Crawford,
Texas 76638.Prairie Chapel School Association is a non-profit organization.