What is now Hedwig Village was originally a part of the John D. Taylor and Isaac Bunker leagues granted to Stephen F. Austin by Mexico in 1824. The deeply-wooded tract of real estate was rumored to be a favored camping ground for Sam Houston’s forces in Texas’ early days.
The area was settled decades later by German farmers. Hedwig Jankowski Schroeder was 19 years old when she emigrated from Germany to Texas with her husband in 1906 and purchased land in the area for 25 cents an acre. Many years later, Hedwig donated seven acres to Harris County as a right-of-way for Hedwig Road.
Hedwig Village was incorporated on December 23, 1954, and home owners adopted zoning ordinances in 1955 to ensure orderly land use. Encompassing about one square mile, Hedwig Village is one of the smallest self-ruled municipalities in metropolitan Harris County. The municipality is governed by a mayor and five councilmen and offers its own city services including the Hedwig Village Police Department, Village Fire Department, and its own water authority and tax rate.
Hedwig Village enjoys a healthy mix of new and vintage homes. Many original homes have been replaced by newer larger homes. Home sites in Hedwig Village are restricted to a minimum lot size of either 15,000 or 21,000 square feet. The neighborhood’s self-contained commercial zone features banks, grocers, retail establishments and restaurants with easy access to the Katy Freeway (I-10).
Hedwig Village children attend Spring Branch Independent School District schools as well as a number of well-regarded private schools in the area.