Wit­ness the pi­o­neer­ing spirit at the Pound House

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Dr. Joseph M. Pound and his wife Sarah were one of three pi­o­neer­ing fam­i­lies that helped carve Drip­ping Springs out of the rugged Texas Hill Coun­try.

Dr. Pound first came to Texas in 1847 to fight in the war against Mex­ico. He re­turned to Ken­tucky to pur­sue his med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, but re­turned with his wife in the early 1850s. In 1853-54, they built a two-room log cabin in an un­tamed area of Cen­tral Texas, present day Drip­ping Springs.

As a found­ing fam­ily of what is now Drip­ping Springs, the Pounds were at the hub of com­mu­nity life, open­ing their house and grounds to serve as med­i­cal of­fice and hospi­tal, church sanc­tu­ary, school­house, and so­cial gath­er­ing place.

Dr. Pound was known to treat the lo­cal In­di­ans with re­spect and, in turn, the “medicine man” and his fam­ily were spared the raids go­ing on around them at the time. A trail used by the Kiowa and Co­manche In­di­ans, which once pop­u­lated the area, can still be seen south­east of the house.

The Pounds raised nine chil­dren

here. Four gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily oc­cu­pied the farm­stead over a pe­riod of 130 years, un­til 1983.

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 and a great deal of money 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 Cen tra l Texas, se­cured fund­ing for and co­or­di­nated t h e restora­tion project.

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

Restora­tion of veg­etable, herb and flower gar­dens, and se­cu­rity fenc­ing in keep­ing with the pe­riod was com­pleted in 2005.

Two an­nual events help sup­port on­go­ing restora­tion and up­keep at the Pound House. The “Leg­ends of Texas Swing” mu­sic fes­ti­val, which takes place each May; and Fall Fest, a cel­e­bra­tion of pi­o­neer life with demon­stra­tions, tours and ac­tiv­i­ties, held on the mu­seum grounds ev­ery Septem­ber (see re­lated sto­ries).

The mu­seum is open to the pub­lic Tues­days, Thurs­days and Satur­days from 10 a.m. un­til 2 p.m.ex­cept for the month of De­cem­ber.

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. Visit www.dr­pound­pi­oneer­farm­stead.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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. The mu­seum is lo­cated at the north­east cor­ner of the park.

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