Welcome to the Republic of Texas Broom Shop. My name is John Potter, Broom Squire. My wife, Carol, and I started the broom shop in 2008 as part of our living history program--A Day in 1800s Texas. My great uncle and cousin had owned one of the last broom factories in San Antonio, Texas so it seemed handmade brooms were in my blood. As a retired middle school teacher (30 years) and a living historian/reenactor for more than 30 years, authenticity is a priority. After more than a year of research on early handmade brooms, I set up a shop with reproductions of equipment from the early 1800's. Some pieces of equipment I made by hand and others are actual historic items.
Our handmade brooms are period correct for the late 1700s to mid 1800s. We use natural broomcorn, hemp twine and native hardwood handles. No two brooms will look alike. What sets our handmade brooms apart from many other handmade brooms is that we do not wire wrap the inside layer nor do we cut the inside layer off the stalk. Therefore, there is no loose straw to fall out and loosen up the sewing. We are known for our beautiful long weaves. Our handmade brooms are built to last and are featured at a number of historical sites.
In February 2017, Carol and our good friend Chuck Jones moved our living history program onto the grounds of the Heritage Village, home of the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture in New Braunfels, Texas. Our shop is located in the historic Reininger Dog Trot Cabin, which was built by German immigrants in 1848. Depending on the weather, you may find Carol cooking or baking up an 18th/19th Century meal, roasting coffee, making candles, soap, floor cloths, block printing/stenciling, period toys, weaving or any one of a number of programs. Chuck will usually be found weaving on one of his many looms or showing his period musical instruments or weapons. Occasionally we attend events away from the Museum so check our Facebook page, Republic of Texas Broom Shop, for the latest information or contact us. Email: email@example.com or call 512-618-1338.
On August 31, 2017, we were able to expand and open our 1800's General Store. Just like an old time general store , we carry a little bit of everything--toys, games, writing instruments, books, teas, green coffee beans, cosmetics, porcelain, etc., and of course brooms. All of our items are period correct for the early 19th Century.
The non-profit, Heritage Society of New Braunfels, is responsible for Heritage Village and the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture. Visiting the grounds and living history programming is free, however, donations are greatly appreciated. Tours of the Museum are $8.00 per person, under age 12 are free. Sponsorships are available for Heritage Society events: Second Saturday at Heritage Village, Kindermasken Parade, Heritage Day and Folkfest.
Come visit us! You'll enjoy the tranquility of the Museum grounds.