About This Place
La Vernia is a city in Wilson County, Texas, United States. The population was 931 at the 2000 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The town was first settled by Indian tribes, mainly the Comanches and the Coahuiltecans were located in this area. Early Anglo-American attempts of settlement had been raided so often that these settlers were forced to leave their houses. An early claim by Erastus Smith, known as Deaf Smith, who was married to a Mexican citizen, received a Spanish land grant on the Cibolo River, near La Vernia. The area would primarily remain unsettled by Europeans until about 1837, when Texas Republic veterans arrived.
W. R. Wiseman of Mississippi, who organized a Presbyterian church at the site around 1851, is said to have named the place Live Oak Grove for a grove nearby. In 1853, William Claiborne Rector was the postmaster at the local post office. During this time the town was called Post Oak, but was changed to La Vernia in 1859.