Schulenburg, La Grange, and Fayetteville Professional Review and Guide
"Local residents of Schulenburg still tell time by train whistles, and day-trippers find an architecturally interesting Main Street (particularly the 400–600 blocks), numerous historic sites, and a string of “painted churches” beautifully representative of the area’s strong Czech, Austrian, and German heritage. Another local oldie, the 1930s Schaefer Observatory, has been featured on the television show "The Eyes of Texas." Open only to serious amateur astronomers, this working observatory has a 14-inch telescope; (weekdays only). Strong ethnic traditions make the Schulenburg Festival a big event the first full weekend in August. La Grange is a nerve center for wildflower tours in the spring, and the local chamber of commerce will help you plan a driving route.
While Fayetteville still retains its sleepy charm, its days of relative obscurity are definitely numbered. In just one three-month period in late 1994, more than a dozen of its old homes were sold to Houstonians as country getaways, and many of the vintage buildings around the square are metamorphosing into Victorian-style shops, galleries, or lodgings."