Join the Party at Schroeder Hall
Daily Lunch Served (Closed Sunday and Monday): 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Schroeder Dance Hall Open Friday - Saturday
Dance Hall Hours: 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Schroeder Dance Hall
12516 FM 622
Goliad, TX 77963
Beer, Wine & Setups
Schroeder Hall serves a beer and wine for our 21+ customers. If you prefer a tasty beverage with a little more kick, you’re welcome to bring your own bottle of hard liquor to enjoy. You will be required to purchase a bucket of ice and cups – referred to as setups. If you need a mixer (Coke, Sprite, etc.), we will allow you to pour your own drinks as long as you purchase our mixers and setups.
Note: Hall hours can be affected and/or altered for private events. Please check our calendar for more information regarding current and upcoming schedules.
Schroeder Hall is a non-smoking facility inside the hall, however smoking is permitted in the courtyard. No outside drinks allowed on the premises, with the exception of liquor for setups. We now accept all major credit cards. An ATM is inside the hall for your convenience.
History of Schroeder
Schroeder, Texas is located at the intersection of Farm roads 622 and 2987, fifteen miles from Goliad in northeastern Goliad County. The first settlers in the area were Germans who arrived in the 1840s. Since supplies were available in nearby towns, the first store was not built until 1887. This establishment, which became a combination shoe store, grocery, and saloon by 1892, still supplied groceries, gasoline, and hardware in 1986.
A school was built in 1870, a blacksmith shop in 1889, and a cotton gin and gristmill in 1895. Schroeder Hall, the second-oldest dance hall in Texas, was constructed and opened for business in 1890. When a new school was established in 1892, residents named it Germantown School to denote their heritage. Thereafter, the community, which received a post office in 1890, was also Germantown. Itinerant clergy used the school for services until St. Luke's Lutheran Church was organized in 1893 by Theodore Ander, the pastor from nearby Hanover. A new church building was built in 1905 with Rev. J. Schroeder as pastor. St Luke's Ladies Aid Society, organized in 1900, was still active in the community in 1986, as was the Sons of Herman Lodge, chartered in 1894.
In 1918, as a result of anti-German sentiments aroused by World War I, the thirty-five residents of Germantown renamed the community Schroeder, in honor of the first townsman killed in the war, Paul Schroeder. The population decreased to twenty-five by the 1920s. In 1925, a fire destroyed most of the business district, although the community center and dance hall were not damaged. Schroeder rebuilt and reported 150 residents from the 1940s until the late 1960s, when 208 residents were listed. The post office continued until 1944. The school became Schroeder Community Center in 1950. Thereafter children were bussed to Goliad for their education. In 1988, Schroeder still served as a center for a well-populated ranching and farming area and recorded an increase in population to 350.
HISTORY BIBLIOGRAPHY: Goliad County Historical Commission, The History and Heritage of Goliad County, ed. Jakie L. Pruett and Everett B. Cole (Austin: Eakin, 1983). History Courtesy of Craig H. Roell.
The current hall was reconstructed in 1935 using oak shipped from Fort Smith, Arkansas for the dance floor. The dancehall and bar were separate structures keeping patrons who wanted to drink beer and watch the dance for free behind a chicken wire fence. Men paid an admission fee of fifty cents while women and children received free admission. The dancefloors were lined with benches and guests were kept warm with a wood-burning stove. In 1950 the hall welcomed new owners and gradually began to see changes and improvements. Beer was allowed inside the hall in 1960, the same year tables and chairs were added. Air conditioning was installed in 1969 and was run by a diesel generator. The hall has seen a number of new owners through the years. In 2017, the most recent owner has updated the hall with hopes of keeping the history of Schroeder alive.
Music Legends at Schroeder Dance Hall
Some of the legends of country music and Texas country music that have graced the stage at the historic Schroeder Hall include:
Want Tickets to a Show?
Advance tickets can be purchased at outhousetickets.com
To purchase advance tickets in-person in the Victoria area, please visit Victoria Harley Davidson, Bedbutlers, and Aztec Ford in Goliad.
We invite you to share in our historic Texas tradition of great music, delicious food, fun times and the most amazing dance floor this side of the Pecos!