These buildings helped power this Alsatian town’s success. Literally. Built in 1844 by Michel Simon as a simple home, the one-story house with a separate kitchen and a store was added in 1849 to accommodate travelers.
When the land changed hands again, a grist mill and cotton gin were constructed which processed the crops of local farmers – powered by the waters of the Medina River. The complex eventually became a stopping point for hospitality, which is where it picked up the name “Landmark Inn”.
Today, a walking tour takes visitors throughout the sprawling grounds, past original foundations of the cotton gin, and tells the story of the Alsatians who helped settle Castroville.
Landmark Inn State Historic Site