Pi­o­neer Mu­seum: A Drip­ping Springs icon

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Step back in his­tory and live a day in the life of an early Texas Pi­o­neer fam­ily.

When you stroll un­der the gi­ant oaks and on the front porch of the Dr. Pound Pi­o­neer Farm­stead, you will feel you are the per­sonal guests of Dr. Joseph and Sarah Pound. Or, per­haps you will about what it was like to be treated by the first doc­tor in this part of the Texas Hill Coun­try

Drip­ping Springs is now a thriv­ing com­mu­nity, a great place to live. Things weren’t so easy when Dr. Joseph M. Pound and his wife Sarah ar­rived. They were one of three pi­o­neer fam­i­lies to settle in the area.

In the 1850s, the Pounds built a two-room house. They raised nine chil­dren and opened their home and grounds to the com­mu­nity. The home served as a med­i­cal of­fice and hospi­tal, church, school house, and gath­er­ing place.

As the com­mu­nity grew, the log house evolved into the beau­ti­ful home that ex­ists to this day. The com­mu­nity of

Drip­ping Springs has

spent sev­eral years to

re­pair and re­store the

home and farm­stead.

The Pound house is

a Recorded Texas

His­tor­i­cal Land­mark

and is in­cluded in the

Na­tional Reg­is­ter of

His­toric Places. The Friends of the Pound House Foun­da­tion, with the sup­port of in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and foun­da­tions through­out Cen­tral Texas, se­cured fund­ing for and co­or­di­nated the restora­tion project.

The restora­tion was com­pleted for a grand open­ing in May 2003. The home now con­tains much of the fam­ily’s furniture, dec­o­ra­tions and physi­cian’s equip­ment.

For in­for­ma­tion and cur­rent hours of op­er­a­tion, call (512) 894-4410, (512) 858-4547, or write Friends of the Pound House Foun­da­tion, P.O. Box 1150, Drip­ping Springs, TX 78620 or visit www.dr­pound­pi­oneer­farm­stead.com.

The Dr. Pound Pi­o­neer Farm­stead is lo­cated at the end of Founders Park, on Ranch Rd. 12, one-third mile north of U.S. 290. En­ter the park and con­tinue to the end of the drive.

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