Old Castell School House!
The Castell School is thought to have begun in 1852
when the first worship services were held in this little village
on the Llano River, settled mostly by immagrants of German descent.
The town of Castell had its beginnings with a settlement on the North
side of the river, several miles east of the present town.
Charles lehmberg, Sr., a well- known cattleman and
trail driver of the early days, was the first person to settle on
the south side of the Llano River. He operated the Lehmberg Store
there. Theodore Buholz came to Castell from Fredericksburg in 1881
and bought the Lehmberg Store. He then moved it up the river to the
present townsite. Thus began the settlement of Castell at its present
Castell School Marker
Castell SchoolPrevious Condition
Benefit @ The School House raised
money to repair the school haus!
The Castell Frankonia Connection!
while researching about Castell/Texas I found your
homepage! Id like to ask
you to help me with establishing a connection between our villages,
Texas and my homevillage Castell/Frankonia (a small but most important
part of Bavaria/Germany.
Castell/Texas was founded by Earl Friedrich Carl zu Castell-Castell,
chairman of the former German Aristocracy Associaton in Mainz/Germany.
(Mainzer Adelsverein) During the first half of the 19th century,
has been one of the leading persons in promoting the settlement of
German Aristocracy in Texas. To honor him, they named your village
the Llano River "Castell". Our present prince Albrecht
zu Castell-Castell, a descendant of the Earl,
visited your village some years ago. But only a few people in Castell/Germany
still know that there exist an village with the same name in Texas/USA
it has the same roots. ( from Heinrich Salm, Fankonia)
Info from Patty Pfeister from her upcoming book on
I don't know if you know this, but In 1981 Castell
was visited by
descendants of nobleman Count Friedrich Ludwig Castell of Castell,
after whom the Community of Castell was named. Prince Albrecht Castell,
wife Princess Maria Louise Castell, and their son Count George Castell,
from Castell, Germany, were given a royal welcome by the Community
Castell (Texas). They were taken on a tour of ranches in the Castell
Community and honored at a covered dish dinner at the Castell School.