ANHALT HALLE AND THE GERMANIA FARMER VEREIN II
Anhalt Halle (German for hall) is located at 2390 Anhalt Road, Spring Branch, Texas, 78070. Anhalt began in the 1850s as a small, predominantly German, farming and ranching settlement in Western Comal County. These small settlements developed to provide the necessities of survival in the unsettled Hill Country. They evolved over time depending on the needs and economy of the area. The Germania Farmer Verein (Club) was organized in 1875, in Anhalt to deal with the cattle rustling of the 1860s and to provide for widows and children when necessary. Anhalt Halle was built in 1879 as the Verein meeting place and a social gathering place. Annual festivals were held such as the Maifest and Oktoberfest. The German culture of language, food, music, dancing, agriculture, and family were preserved. Over nearly 140 years, Anhalt Halle has grown in size, as has the membership of the Germania Farmer Verein. Entertainment at the Halle has also grown and can be enjoyed by visitors seeking a peek at an old way of life and a rich history of the German settlers of Comal County.