History

FROM CANNON BALLS TO LOVE NOTES

Deep in the Nueces River Valley, just West of Corpus Christi, Texas history runs deep, with layers of known civilizations and fascinating narratives told with this locale as their setting. Indians declared this valley home 2000-3000 years ago, with Tancahua and Karankawa Indians finding the high bluffs above the river ideal home-sites with water and good hunting below. In the 1850s, this was the sight of battles fought in the Texas /Mexico revolution, with fascinating tales and ghost stories are centered around the river and the Irish, Old San Patricio Colony.

More recently, In the 1920s, Knolle Jersey Farm was established, eventually growing into the World’s Largest Jersey Farm, and a home to generations who built families and lives here. The name “Knolle” became a household word in South Texas, with the highest quality dairy products delivered daily, the entertaining weekly “Milkman” article in the newspaper, along with bus loads of school children viewing the gentle Jersey being milked, and thousands of boy scouts finding the ideal setting along the river banks for years of Boy Scout Camporees. “The Farm”, (as it was lovingly known), grew, the headquarters, “show barn”, the general store, and various houses, found life in the early 1930s, and became a small “community” in itself, with hundreds of loyal employees knowing the stability and safety of life at Knolle Farms. Out of the stability the Farm, comes continual diversification and new worlds keep unfolding, worlds such as the fat beef cattle that have exchanged places with the Jersey cows of days past, and that now populate our land.

Then, with great love and devotion, in 1996, new energy was breathed into these walls, and the land. Knolle Farm & Ranch Bed and Breakfast was created, and this private ranch again opened its doors to guests. The legacy of hospitality continued on, as visitors were welcomed to this world that knows such serenity, in it’s tranquil setting and long history. Combine this with an ever vital creativity that shows in every endeavor evolving here, from the charming chapel to the olive orchard, and lots more, and you have Knolle Farm & Ranch B&B. Yes, Cannon balls, arrow heads, dinosaur bones, old milking machine parts, cow skulls, champagne corks, and, yes, love notes, all have belonged here and are parts of our history and the world in which we live and welcome guests.

Barn pre-Bed & Breakfast, 1985