Landmark Inn Bed and Breakfast and historic accommodations in Castroville, TX.


The fulfillment of a dream when Henri Castro, an impresario, approached Stephen F. Austin, President of the Republic of Texas about establishing a colony of Alsatian immigrants in Texas in 1842. Texas need people and money and Alsatian farmers and merchants wanted the opportunities new farm land might offer as well as trade and commerce opportunities with the new Republic. By 1844 Castro had purchased the lands necessary for his colony and as he and the colonists stood on the banks of the Medina River, at the present day Landmark Inn State Historic Site he declared this area would be the new village of Castroville. What is now called Landmark Inn was first known as Cesar Monod’s general store, then later capitalizing on its location on the busy Camino Real de los Tejas, lodgers were welcomed and it became then know as the Vance Hotel.
Henri Castro - French citizen and naturalized American, this visionary man risked and lost his family fortune establishing frontier Castroville.

A gristmill and pond was soon built to grind the corn and wheat produced by the colonists who were becoming more adept at farming in Texas, and a cotton gin was added as cotton also became a cash crop. A lumber mill was built on the site to harvest the stands of cypress for building materials for the new village. As business prospered, a bath house was added in 1854, reportedly the only one between Mexico and San Antonio. In 1927 the site was transformed to continue to serve the community of Castroville when a brother and sister, John T. and Ruth Lawler, bought the old Vance Hotel and the gristmill and converted the gristmill into an electric power generating plant. Ms. Lawler renamed the Vance Hotel, the Landmark Inn in 1974. At present the site has grown to 5 acres along the Medina River. Visitors to the site can enjoy museum exhibits, interpretive tours and a gift shop. The hotel is still in operation as a bed and breakfast and offers an excellent opportunity to not only learn about Texas a meaningful Texas story, but actually be a part of that history by sleeping where so many significant Texas figures slept, traveled and conducted business on the Camino Real de los Tejas trail, and in the town of Castroville, TX.

Landmark Inn Bed and Breakfast
402 East Florence Street
Castroville TX 78009
Phone: 830-931-2133