Wimberley's windy little roads, shady oak and cypress trees, and compact town square give it the feel of an English village. Established in 1848 with only a small trading post to its name, Wimberley's first industries were lumber and shingle making. The Blanco River and Cypress Creek, which run through the city, fueled the Wimberley Mill. But the Great Depression left the town stagnant with the exception of a few working ranches.
The 1980s saw a revitalization in Wimberley as it began to gain notice as a retirement and artists' community. Galleries and shops selling local artists' Hill Country creations, from oils paintings to crafts, are found throughout Wimberley Village Square.