Details for Waisenhaus (Orphanage) (Atlas Number 5091005703)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5091005703


Marker Number 5703
Atlas Number 5091005703
Marker Title Waisenhaus (Orphanage)
Index Entry Waisenhaus (Orphanage)
Address 1276 Ervendberg Street
City New Braunfels
County Comal
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 586093
UTM Northing 3290416
Subject Codes German immigrants/immigration; orphanages
Marker Year 1970
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 1276 Ervendberg St., 1/2 Mile N. of Loop 337 via Rock Rd (Rock Rd. becomes Gruene Rd., left on Ervenberg to private drive) (On Private Property) New Braunfels
Marker Size Medallion and Plate
Marker Text Known as first orphanage in State of Texas. Chartered in 1848 as "Western Texas Orphan Asylum" by L. C. Ervendberg (d. 1863), pastor of New Braunfels. Because of severe epidemics, many children were homeless. At this site Ervendberg built this house (now much remodeled) and began a farm. Here he reared 19 orphans as well as his own 5 children. He also held classes and taught farming techniques. His wife taught housekeeping. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark--1970