Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church began as a wood-frame structure in 1891. A year later, a twister moved it 11 feet off its foundation. The church was rebuilt, then replaced in 1921 with a Romanesque Revival style church constructed of red brick and cut stone. Designed by architect James Wahrenburger in the Romanesque Revival style, it features stained glass windows from Germany and a glorious, painted interior, including a mural of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane overlooking the altar.
Shiner’s secular heritage includes the 1895 former Ehlers Cigar Factory—now home to the Chamber of Commerce — which made the “Becky Brown,” “Katy Lee” and “Good Company” brands. More local history is found at the Edwin Wolters Memorial Museum in a 1915 former residence. Displays include an old-time country store, antique guns, furniture, utensils and Shiner memorabilia. In the mood for entertainment? Catch dinner and a play at the Gaslight Theatre. It’s located in the revitalized Shiner Opera House, the town’s social center from 1895 until 1927 and a warehouse for decades afterward. Thanks to a local nun, her drama students and community support, the theater was reborn in 1975.