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There’s lots to love for those thinking of relocating to this historic Texas town, known as “The Little Alsace of Texas.”

Shady streets lined with historic homes & unique businesses attract folks wanting a slower pace, while still having the big city conveniences of San Antonio nearby.  Nestled in the crook of the Medina River and surrounded by sprawling farmland, Castroville offers good schools, welcoming churches, and an abundance of community activities and events.

Castroville is a small town with a rich cultural heritage nestled in the Medina River Valley just 20 miles west of San Antonio. Castroville was founded in 1844 by Henri Castro, for whom the town is named. The first European emigrant settlers in this area were mostly Catholic farmers from Alsace, a region of France, brought over to fulfill Castro’s contract to colonize vacant Texas Land. Calling themselves Alsatians, they were mostly of German decent, speaking a dialect of German. The first town colonized on the Medina River west of San Antonio, Castroville, and its fertile Texas land and invigorating climate, was seen as having endless possibilities to the Europeans. Land in Europe was expensive and hard to come by and usually only promised to the first born son. Henri Castro and his “Free Texas Land” were a dream to these settlers.

The first settlers set sail for the promised land on November 4, 1843. The voyage lasted 66 days and they experienced hardships such as no laundry, no bath, cramped quarters and a cold climate. They landed in the port of Galveston on January 9, 1844 only to find out that they still must travel 200 miles inland to find their resting place. They began their long trek down the Spanish trail to San Antonio. They arrived in San Antonio and waited for their leader, Henri Castro. On September 1, 1844, Castro and 27 of the 700 original colonists started their journey to the site now known as Castroville.

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