Serbin, Texas

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Serbin
Unincorporated community
Texas Wendish Heritage Museum
Texas Wendish Heritage Museum
Serbin is located in Texas
Serbin
Serbin
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°6′54″N 96°59′17″W / 30.11500°N 96.98806°W / 30.11500; -96.98806Coordinates: 30°6′54″N 96°59′17″W / 30.11500°N 96.98806°W / 30.11500; -96.98806
Country United States
State Texas
County Lee
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78942
Area code(s) 979

Serbin is an unincorporated community in southwestern Lee County, Texas, United States. Located about 50 miles (80 km) east of Austin, it was originally established as Low Pin Oak Settlement by Sorbian (Wendish) immigrants to Texas in the mid-1850s. The community's name was changed to Serbin, meaning "Sorbian land", prior to 1860.

Wendish pioneer log cabin on the grounds of St. Paul Lutheran Church

The largest single migration of Sorbian immigrants to the United States settled in Texas, using Serbin as the "mother colony". On September 20, 1854, about 550 Sorbian Lutherans from congregations in Prussia and Saxony left for Texas under the leadership and pastoral care of John Kilian. Upon arriving in Texas, the people of present-day Serbin became the earliest members of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in Texas. St. Paul Lutheran Church, built in 1871, stands as a typical example of Wendish architecture; the pulpit is located in the balcony of the church.

The Texas Wendish Heritage Museum is housed in Serbin on the St. Paul church grounds. Occupying three independent buildings including a former St. Paul parochial school, the museum also has two outdoor exhibits of an intact log cabin and part of a dogtrot house.

It is unclear whether either of the two Sorbian languages is still spoken in Serbin. According to the 2000 U.S. census, 37 people in the 78942 ZIP Code area (which also includes Giddings and other nearby towns) spoke a Slavic language other than Polish or Russian at home.[1]

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  1. ^ 2000 U.S. Census. "Data Center Results". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 

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