Howdy, my name is Jake, and I grew up here.

The Behrends Family Homestead Story

My family has lived on the Behrends Family Homestead for generations, farming and ranching the land all around you. I attended Stonewall Elementary just a few miles down the road. And long before that, my family rode horses to neighboring historic schoolhouses, some of which you can still visit today.

When I lived on the Behrends Family Homestead, my family sold organic fruits and vegetables alongside Highway 290. In the 1980s, we became suppliers for the first Whole Foods, which was located in Austin. However, the history of our land goes back much further—all the way to the great wave of German immigration. You can read more about the history of the land and my family’s journey in this book.

As for me, I inherited the homestead when I was quite young, and it wasn’t until 2017 that my wife, Skye, and I began developing the land for vacation rentals. We are so pleased that you’ve chosen to stay at the Behrends Family Homestead. It’s a special place that’s loaded with memories, and we hope that you’ll create some memories of your own here as well.

Jake and Skye

To read the rest of the BFH story, download the PDF.