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Home News Laura Bush Announces Preserve America Grants Budget Preserve America Community: Castroville, Texas
Preserve America Community:
With a population of less than 3,000 citizens, Castroville is a rural town 25 miles west of San Antonio on the Medina River. It was founded in 1844 by a group of immigrants recruited by French entrepreneur Henri Castro to settle a land grant he obtained from the Texas Republic.
Most of the settlers hailed from the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, and to this day Castroville is known as "the Little Alsace of Texas" because it preserves the distinctive architectural styles and cultural traditions of that region.
Castroville boasts nearly 100 historic structures in the village and a local population exceptionally involved in protecting and sharing its distinctive heritage. The citizens of Castroville recently spent more than two years developing a preservation plan to guide future use of their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization.
The community promotes heritage tourism through a visitors' guide and walking tour map, and has celebrated its heritage annually for more than 100 years through St. Louis Day festivities. Castroville has also developed creative educational programs for its youth, including plays that focus on local African American and Hispanic history.
Castroville is a Certified Local Government and was a model community
in the Texas Historical Commission's Visionaries in Preservation Program.
For more information
An independent Federal
agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) promotes
historic preservation nationally by providing a forum for influencing
Federal activities, programs, and policies that impact historic properties,
advising the President and Congress, advocating preservation policy, improving
Federal preservation programs, protecting historic properties, and educating
stakeholders and the public. For more information, visit the ACHP's Web
site at www.achp.gov, or contact Bruce Milhans at 202-606-8513 or email@example.com.