Schreiner Mansion tours offered in December

the schreiner mansion will be opened for tours during December as a fundraiser for the HIll Country Youth Orchestras.

The public is invited to take a tour of the Schreiner Mansion on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December.

The Schreiner Mansion Guided Holiday Tours will benefit Hill Country Youth Orchestras. All proceeds from these special tours will be used by the HCYO to help pay for music education programs for youth.

The Schreiner Mansion, at 226 Earl Garrett Street in Kerrville, Texas will be fully decorated for the holiday season and there will be a beautiful sleigh in the courtyard which is a perfect setting for photos.

Sounds of the holiday season will fill the beautifully decorated historic Schreiner Mansion reminiscent of the charm of  Victorian times.  The special Holiday Guided Tours with a knowledgeable docent are given on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with tours beginning on the half hour (the last tour begins at 1:30).  

The docent-lead tours will feature a video highlighting the historic Schreiner Mansion and Schreiner family as well as historic downtown buildings. Admission for the tour is $15 for adults, students $5 and children age eight or under free. Tickets are available at the door. Following each tour guests will enjoy cookies and wassail.

The mansion, in the heart of downtown, was completed in 1897 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. San Antonio architect Alfred Giles designed the limestone home which is characterized by a combination of the Romanesque Revival and Chateauesque style. The mansion has served as an elegant home for the family of Captain Charles Schreiner, the Masonic Lodge, the Hill Country Museum and an education center for Schreiner University during the last 135 years. The mansion is also an events center and available for groups along with a fenced garden that backs up to the Peterson Plaza. For more information on Schreiner Mansion rentals go to schreiner-mansion or contact Katharine Boyette at katharine@

The Hill Country Youth Orchestras is a nonprofit organization founded in 1987.  HCYO has been bringing the joy of the orchestra experience to the youth of the Texas Hill Country and to provide music education opportunities to all children regardless of race, creed, disability or economic status.

Today HCYO serves more than 150 students annually in the orchestra program at one of three HCYO campuses in Kerrville, Fredericksburg and Boerne for students from five to 18 years of age.

The HCYO programs include annual concerts and summer music camp with scholarships for private lessons available to all students. HCYO is the only tuition-free orchestra program in the country and all funding for the organization is from donations, grants and fundraising efforts such as the Schreiner Mansion Holiday Tours.

HCYO will present two free public concerts this fall — Boerne Falls Concert on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church in Boerne; and Kerrville Winter Concert on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. at the Kathleen C. Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts Theater in downtown Kerrville.

For more information about Hill Country Youth Orchestras, contact Karen Billingsley, executive director, at or  (830) 285-9781.

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