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About The Woods of Garden Ridge T he Genesis of the City of Garden Ridge can be traced to 1850 when William Bracken was granted the 1,114 acres, known as the Vicenti Micheli League, by the, then Governor of the State of Texas, P.H. Bell. The lands straddled the counties of Comal and Bexar on Cibolo Creek, where the San Antonio & Nacodoches Roads crossed. Over the years, various tracts of this land have been held by the Schneider, Pfueffer, and Davenport families. In 1880, the Great Northern Railroad acquired some of the land for use as a right-ofway, and the town of Davenport’s deed of dedication was filed in 1890; by 1899, the township of Davenport had changed its name to Bracken. By then, the original seven blocks had grown to 13. By its completion in 1890, the railroad spurred real growth in Bracken. A ticket agent, freight office, water tower w/ pumper, and rail gang were needed to maintain the outpost. A post office, cotton gin and corn-sheller, blacksmith, two general stores, saloons, and hotels soon followed. Not so coincidentally, a constable, justice of the peace, and undertaker were needed and added. 1872 marked the erection of the Bracken Methodist Episcopal Church, followed by a bowling alley and club established in 1915. Bracken continued to flourish until the arrival of the horseless carriage and prohibition. These, however, inexorably changed the dynamic of Bracken. The rail stop shuttered and most of the other businesses soon followed. What was once a thriving commercial center basically went into hibernation. Bracken returned to its rural, frontier, and agricultural roots. And so it remained until the 1970’s. That’s when the rural citizens living in and around Bracken became increasingly aware of the encroachment of big city life and its potential impact on their bucolic, rural existence. In 1972, fearing annexation by San Antonio or Schertz, farmers and ranchers joined the small number of residents of Bracken to reach the minimum population required to incorporate. Thus, the City of Garden Ridge came into being— the first new town in the county in 127 years. When you hear Texans refer to a traditional or Old Way of Life, they may well be describing the city of Garden Ridge! A short 19 miles northeast of San Antonio and only 12 miles southwest of New Braunfels, the city derived its name from a series of ridges overlooking fields of wildflowers on the up slope of the famous Texas Hill Country. In the immediate vicinity, you’ll find Bracken Cave, home of the largest population of bats in the State of Texas. The Woods of Garden Ridge is among the last true opportunities to own a new home in this special corner of Texas. The community is served by the awardwinning Comal School District with residents attending Garden Ridge Elementary, Canyon Middle School, and Canyon High School. Every home site in The Woods of Garden Ridge is designed to offer residents the experience of hill country living, and as location would have it, the community offers big city conveniences just minutes away. Learn why the city’s motto is: A way of life, not just a place to live. Come home to a Chesmar Home in The Woods of Garden Ridge! 6/26/17 The Woods of Garden Ridge 1604 San Antonio 2252 Bat Cave Rd 35 Bindseil Ln To New Braunfels 3009 N Driving Directions From San Antonio: I-35 North towards Austin. Exit 3009, turn left and follow to Schoenthal Road South. Left turn onto Schoenthal, and it will deadend at Bat Cave Road. The left turn off Bat Cave is onto Garden Arbor, and the model is on the corner of Garden Arbor and Orchard Glen. Sales Center & Model: 8403 Orchard Glen • Garden Ridge, TX 78266 Tisha Endsley Call (210) 740-6839 Tisha.Endsley@chesmar.com Chesmar.com

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