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Appendix F. Descriptions of the Herrenhaus

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Appendix F:

Descriptions of the Herrenhaus

Description 1, Amanda Fallier von Rosenberg:

“The house is composed of two square rooms made from oak logs.

These rooms, however, are separated by a wide intervening space, something like how the threshing floor in a [German] barn unites the separate rooms. Over everything spreads a wide roof that rests in the front and the back, to the north and to the south, on columns that provide shade for two magnificent porches. When one wants to enter the house, he must go up either three or four steps, whether in the front or in the back, on to the wonderful, wide porch which runs the length of the house. Both porches have balustrades three feet high and, as mentioned, are covered by a roof supported by columns. The porches are joined by a passage, or in-between space. In this space a narrow, but decorated stairway leads to the second story where, likewise, a passage joins two rooms, one for Eugen and the other as a store room. These top rooms only have ‘Texas windows,’ that is, just slits in the wall. The bottom rooms, however, have real windows. Each room has two, one to the north with fifteen panes and one to the south, somewhat wider, with twenty panes. The most beautiful feature of the house, however, is the chimneys. They are built of stone that have been beautifully dressed and shaped (a rarity here); they are truly

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Appendix A. Boos-Waldeck Purchases

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Appendix D. Slave Inventories

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A Note on Sources and Abbreviations

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A Note on Sources and Abbreviations

This study relies heavily, but not exclusively, on reports, letters and documents contained in the Solms-Braunfels Archives and related collections (Verein, Wied, Strubberg). The name is misleading. The

Archives are the official business records of the Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas (Society for the Protection of German Emigrants in Texas), also called the Adelsverein (Society of Noblemen). The documents found a home at one point in the castle of the Solms-Braunfels family and hence the name. The documents languished unknown to American scholars until the 1930s when Dr.

Rudolph Biesele, author of the seminal work, History of the German

Settlements in Texas, became aware of them. Prior to World War II, he led a team that transcribed and indexed the thousands of reports, letters and documents into typewritten German, rendering them accessible and useable to a much wider audience. Interestingly, Dr. Biesele himself did not have the benefit of the Archives when he wrote his book on the German settlements in Texas. Indeed, none of the foundation works about the Adelsverein (von Rosenberg, Benjamin,

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Appendix B. Bourgeois d’Orvanne Inventory

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