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Iconic backdrops for any gathering at Pound House


By Laurel Robertson

he newest wedding venue in Dripping Springs is also the oldest gathering place in town. The Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead Museum, Dripping Springs’ original homestead and community center dating back to 1854, now makes its historic grounds and facilities available to couples tying the knot and for family gatherings, business events, birthday parties and other groups seeking to enjoy themselves in a scenic setting. The historic compound offers iconic backdrops for any kind of gathering, says museum director, Andrea Larsen. In addition to the beautifully restored 1850s era dogtrot house, the museum grounds feature an original smokehouse, windmill, blacksmith shop, rail fences and original stone walls – surrounded by acres of green grass in the

The Dr. Pound Historical Museum. Photo courtesy Dr. Pound Historical Museum. shade of immense heritage oak trees. Modern restroom facilities, parking and a close proximity to downtown Dripping Springs match the historic setting See POUND HOUSE, page 2

Dripping Springs’ original homestead makes a beautiful wedding setting. Photo by Brianne Willis.

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Guests await a wedding ceremony at the Dr. Pound Historical Museum. Photo by Carrie Robertson Meyer.

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with up-to-date conveniences. Soon a Holiday Inn Express with 80-room occupancy will open nearby. “We want people to be able to enjoy and use our beautiful grounds,” says Andrea. Several weddings and corporate gatherings have already taken place at the Pound House, with more events planned in the coming months. The Heritage Gala, the museum’s largest annual fundraiser, originally designed the template for staging large events on the museum grounds. Each April for the past 26 years, the Gala has entertained hundreds of museum supporters with cocktails and a catered buffet inside festive tents on the museum grounds. Dinner is always followed by a spirited auction and dancing to one of the best bands in the area.

This year’s event on April 29 will continue the tradition with “Twilight and Starlight – a Sparkling Country Evening.” Appetizers and cocktails will be followed by dinner, courtesy of Verde’s Mexican Parrilla, and live music provided by Hudson and Pope. Items in the silent and live auctions will range from the rustic to the opulent, with large dinner parties hosted by notable locals and vacation packages to exotic locations hotly competed for in the bidding wars. “The Dripping Springs community really enjoys coming out to this festive evening to help the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead promote and preserve Dripping Springs area history and ensure that it continues to thrive…” says the museum’s See POUND HOUSE, page 3

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Girls with their grandmother sell pound cake at the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead Pioneer Days, held each September. Photo by Lisa Chaffin.

April 2017 POUND HOUSE, from page 2

Photo oppotunities abound at events held at the Pound House. Photo by Brianne Willis.

Board of Directors. The historic farm homestead was built by one of Dripping Springs’ founding families – Dr. Joseph and Sarah Pound, who in 1854 settled in the untamed Texas wilderness that came to be Dripping Springs. Their original two-room cabin eventually grew to become a six-room dogtrot style home with an ingenious cistern (accessible from indoors, in the event of Indian raids), a windmill, stables, a smokehouse, a blacksmith shop and a walk-in cold frame. The Pound House became the community gathering spot for the Dripping Springs, Fitzhugh and Mount Gainor communities, and at different times served as a doctor’s office, school, church and social center. The Pounds raised nine children there; four generations of the Pound family occupied the farmstead over a period of 130

years, until 1983. The house and outbuildings have been painstakingly restored over the past two decades and today are the centerpiece of the five-acre Dr. Pound Pioneer Farmstead Museum, located at the back of Founders Park. Docents in period dress lead tours of the house and outbuildings during regular museum hours (Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 3 pm) and private tours

by appointment. The museum hosts school tours and children’s events throughout the year. FYI • The Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead Museum is located at 570 Founders Park Road in Dripping Springs. Regular museum hours are noon to 3 pm, Wednesday through Saturday. For more information on the Heritage Gala (April 29), Pioneer Day in late September, and the special events venues, visit the website www.drpoundhistoricalfarmstead. org, or call 512-858-2030.

Several weddings and gatherings have already taken place at the Pound House, with more events planned in the coming month. Photo courtesy Dr. Pound Historical Museum.


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Community Library. 11 am. 512-771-3217 or for information and volunteer opportunities. EVERY WEDNESDAY • Dripping Springs Farmers Market. The Triangle (Highway 290/ Ranch Road 12) 3 pm to 7 pm. • Open Mic at Mercer Street Dance Hall hosted by Nick Gatewood. www. • Wednesdays with Carl Weathersby at Hudson’s on Mercer. hudsonsonmercer. com. • Mah-Jongg Open Play. 1 pm to 4 pm at Dripping Springs Community Library. Beginners welcome. 501 Sportsplex Drive, or 512-858-7825 for details. FIRST AND THIRD WEDNESDAYS • Knit One, Read Too meets at 4:30 pm at the Dripping Springs Community Library, 501 Sportsplex Drive. All ages welcome; knitting instructors provided courtesy of The Sated Sheep, or 512-858-7825. SECOND WEDNESDAY • Free Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at Arveda Alzheimer’s Family Care. RSVP to 512-637-5400. THIRD THURSDAYS • Dripping Springs Cookers Club. Meets ar 6:30 pm in varying locations. Email for more info.. EVERY THURSDAY • Alzheimer’s Respite Care at Harmony Place. Respite program for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias provides a safe, loving, respectful, and fun place for loved ones while caregivers have the opportunity to rest, run errands, and have time to themselves. Lunch is provided as well as fun activities, laughter, and loving care. There is no cost to participants. 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. www. • Hill Country Jam at Mercer Street Dance Hall with Doug Moreland. Free admission. 7:30 pm. • Thyme and Dough Bistro Nights with live music, dinners and decadent desserts. 6 pm to 9 pm. 512-894-0001. FIRST THURSDAYS • Dripping Springs American Legion 7 pm. 512-858-5637.

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CALENDAR, from page 6 • Nonfiction Addiction Book Club meets at the Dripping Springs Community Library from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. New members are always welcome., 512-858-7825. • First Thursday. Participating businesses offer special events from 5 pm to 9 pm. FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAY • Lions Club meets at 131 East Mercer Street. 512-858-5159. • Gardeners on the Porch. Hays County Master Gardeners answer local gardening questions. 3 pm to 6 pm at Dripping Springs Community Library, 501 Sportsplex Drive. Visit the web site at or call 512-858-7825 for details. SECOND THURSDAYS • Knights of Columbus, Council 11695, meets at the St Martin de Porres Parrish Hall on Post Oak Road, at 7:30 pm . Preceded by a pot luck dinner. • Charlotte’s Book Club, a book-centered roundtable discussion group for adults, meets at the Community Library, 501 Sportsplex Drive, at 6 pm . For more information visit the web site at or call 512-858-7825. THIRD THURSDAYS • Dripping Springs VFW meets. 27500 Ranch Road 12. 7 pm. 512-858-5637. • Thirsty Thursday’s. At City Hall, 511 West Mercer Street. Poets, musicians, songwriters and storytellers share their talents. Free admission. Sponsored by City of Dripping Springs and New Life Lutheran Church. 7 pm, Dripping Springs Ranch Park. 512-858-2024. FOURTH THURSDAY • Photographers of Dripping Springs (PODS). Meetings held in the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit Parish Hall at 301 Hays Country Acres Road. 6:30 PM. EVERY FRIDAY • Men’s Breakfast at Fitzhugh Baptist Church. 6:30 am. 512-913-4808. SECOND FRIDAY • Women in Confidence Brown Bag Workshop, a lunchtime forum addressing legal and financial issues for women with local attorney, Jennifer Cochran-Green and financial advisor Amy Colton, meets at 11:30 am at Dripping Springs Community Library, 501 Sportsplex Drive, Topics vary; RSVP by emailing or calling 512-858-7825. EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY • Dance Lessons at Mercer Street Dance Hall. 7:30 pm. EVERY FRIDAY - SUNDAY • Craft beer and spirits tastings, cocktail bar, restaurant, tours and 27-acre property on which to play at Treaty Oak Brewing & Distillery Co. 16604 Fitzhugh Road. Check the web site for current hours at, 972-974-0166. SECOND & FOURTH SATURDAY • Pet Adoption Sponsored by Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary. Tractor Supply. 512-402-9725. EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY • Live music and food at Twisted

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