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New Bielau: Trinity Church and Community Center


Gottfried Gerstenberger came from nearby Industry to what in the 1860s was called “Prairie Community”, followed by his parents and brother. He renamed the new community New Bielau after Langenbielau, Germany. Six families formed the nucleus of Trinity Church in 1886, constructing a building two years later. Its 425-pound church bell, which dates to 1896, still rings in the steeple today.

In 1916, a casino hall society was formed in New Bielau, and today the New Bielau Community Center hosts  weddings, reunions, and other events. New Bielau is closely associated with the communities of Weimar and Content, with whom it shares a school district.

Watch our Religious and Ethnic Diversity in German Texan Communities video to learn more about German Texan cultural heritage in Texas.  This video was produced for inclusion in our German Texans mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app. Download the app for more videos and travel information:


Location

  • 1985 FM 155
  • New Bielau, Texas
  • 78962

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Hours

  • This is an active church, please be respectful of services.


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