Bohls House (Heritage House Museum)
The Bohls House sits on what used to be the center of Bohls farm. The house was built in 1913 by Gottlieb William Bohls and was given to the City of Pflugerville in 1993 by the Bohls family. The house, now known as Heritage House Museum, serves to promote the heritage and culture of the city of Pflugerville. The Heritage House museum is managed by the Pflugerville Public Library. The Heritage house is open the first Sunday of the Month from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m and during events scheduled throughout the year.
Backstory and Context
The two-story, eight room Bohl house was built in the Queen Anne Free Classic style. Gottlieb William (G.W.) Bohls lived in the house with his wife Bertha Timmerman. G.W. sold the house to his younger brother, Otto, and his wife Laura Fuchs Bohls. It was after Laura’s death in 1992, that the family decided to give the house to the city of Pflugerville.
The Bohl house, now known as the Heritage House Museum is part of Heritage Park in Pflugerville, Texas. It is managed by the Pflugerville Public Library in coordination with the Heritage House Partners. Their mission is,
“To promote, preserve, and protect the history of Pflugerville as we enlighten, enrich and educate those who visit our museum.” 1
In addition to being open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, it is also open for events throughout the year. Some of the events include a Harvest Fest, an Ice Cream Social, and a Christmas Open House.
The Heritage House promotes local culture and the history of the city of Pflugerville. The museum provides assistance for people interested in their own family histories by offering help in examining genealogical records held in the museum and through online resources. They also host speakers on a variety of topics that are open to the public. Nearby, the Farmer’s Market is held in the Green Red Barn (also part of heritage Park) during the harvest season. The museum and the heritage park in general are a source of community pride.
- Heritage House Partners, Public Library - Pflugerville Texas. Accessed October 26th 2019. https://library.pflugervilletx.gov/services/heritage-house-museum/heritage-house-partners.
- Heritage Park, Parks & Recreation - Pflugerville Texas. Accessed October 26th 2019. https://parks.pflugervilletx.gov/parks-facilities/city-parks/heritage-park.
- Heritage House Museum, Public Library - Pflugerville Texas. Accessed October 26th 2019. https://library.pflugervilletx.gov/services/heritage-house-museum.
- Dearing, Audrey T. Mott, Vernagene H. Images of America: Pflugerville. Arcadia Publishing, 2013.