Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig House

411 E 5th St Austin

Highlights of the German Heritage Trail/Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig House
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German immigrant Joseph W. Hannig was a cabinetmaker and undertaker, as well as the fifth husband of Susanna Dickinson, the “Messenger of the Alamo.”

She survived the battle and brought the news of its fall to Sam Houston, which ultimately led to Houston's defeat of Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto - and won independence for the Republic of Texas.

Hannig was one of the richest men in Austin during the late 19th century.

But the house is a museum dedicated to Susanna Dickinson. The museum features Dickinson family artifacts, as well as furniture made by Hannig.

The 1869 house is an example of the “rubble-rock” architectural style, which was brought to the Texas Hill Country by German immigrants.

In the 1940s it was home to Randy’s BBQ.

Today, it’s a City of Austin Landmark.

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Highlights of the German Heritage Trail

Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig House

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