Join us as we journey to south central Texas for this amazing tour! From the outside, they look like many American country churches built
around the turn of the last century -- arched Gothic Revival windows, facades clad in white frame siding or in stone, lone steeples rising up
into the Texas sky. Cross the threshold of these particular Texas churches and you'll encounter not a simple wooden interior but an expected profusion of color. Nearly every surface is covered with bright paintings: exuberant murals radiate from the apse, elaborate foliage trails the walls, wooden columns and baseboards shine like polished marble in shades of green and gray. These are the Painted Churches of Texas. Built by 19th century immigrants to this rough but promising territory, these churches transport the visitor back to a different era, a different way of life. Inscriptions on the walls read not in English, but in the mother tongue of those who built them: German and Czech. The story of these buildings is the story of a people striving to succeed in a new country and still preserve the values and culture of their homelands. We will depart Weatherford from the back parking lot of the Bowie Learning Center (900 N. Elm Street) at 1:00pm, Tuesday, April 17. It’s a four hour trip to Schulenburg. We will check Into our rooms at the Holiday Inn and then have dinner at Ina’s Kitchen across the street from the hotel. Wednesday morning, April 18, we will check out at 9:00am, load up and board the bus and head to the Schulenburg Chamber to pick up our tour guide and begin our 38 mile tour of four of the painted churches in the area. We will visit two St. Mary’s churches, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, and St. Cyril and Methodius Church.