Gruene Hall, the oldest continually run dancehall in the Texas, sets the tone for what you will find flourishing in tiny Gruene––a friendly, festive culture bursting with free live music and laid back country charm.
Nestled in the heart of the historic district of Gruene, Texas, this legendary dancehall built in 1878 has been the birthplace of numerous singers and songwriters, and in a way, I owe my existence to it too. My mother’s parents met here in 1955 during a Gruene Hall Saturday night dance when my grandpa led my grandma onto the dance floor, stepped all over her feet and fell madly in love. For the next three Saturdays he waited patiently outside of Gruene Hall until she showed up again and they were married within the year––a union that led to four children, 10 grandchildren and six great-great children and counting.
Each time I hear country music seeping from the screened sides of Gruene’s iconic dancehall, I think about their love story and wonder about all the others that must have unfolded on this wooden dance floor over the years.