Take a step back in time and into the rich history of Dripping Springs at the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead museum. Nestled on five beautifully shaded, oak-filled acres, the 1854 farmstead - built by one of Dripping Springs’ founding families- offers a fascinating and informative glimpse into our community’s historic past.
Originally built as two log pens (cabins) with a center “dog trot” breezeway, the Pound farmstead has been meticulously restored to its exact composition and appearance from the period when Dr. Pound lived here
Experience the flourishing rural life of a Central Texas pioneer farmstead and see the beautifully renovated barn, smokehouse, windmill, and garden areas. Dr. Pound was well advanced in today's sustainable living mindset- having built into the home and out-buildings an attached rainwater collection cistern: a self-watering trough for the farm animals, and the amazing in-ground hot house that kept his medicinal herbs and vegetable seedlings growing all winter.
The peaceful gardens and grounds includes an oak tree that is estimated to be over 500 years old. Identify the antique roses that Sarah brought as cuttings to her new home from her native Mississippi. Bring a picnic lunch to eat at our tables under the shade trees.
Year-round Events for the Public & Private Events
Volunteer Information & Donation Links
Lakewood Forest Garden Club Private Tour: APR 12
Founder's Weekend: APR 27-29
15th Anniversary of Museum Opening: May 4th
Sycamore Springs Elementary School Field Trip: May 4th
Polkinghorn Private Event: May 5th
Outdoor Movie Night: May 12th
Walnut Springs Elementary School Field Trip: May 15th
Hill Country Trail Private Tour & Lunch: May 17th
Museum Hours, Admissions, Tours & Directions
-Est. 1854- Dripping Springs, Texas
School Tours, Children's Programs & Summer Program
Joseph M. 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, Sarah, in the early 1850’s. 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 a medical office and hospital, church sanctuary, schoolhouse, and social gathering place.
Dr. Pound was known to treat the local Native Americans 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 is still visible southeast of the house.
The Pounds had nine children, seven of whom lived to adulthood and were raised here. Four generations of family occupied the farmstead over a period of 130 years, until 1983.We are very happy to have as docents to our museum the Great Great-Granddaughter (Wanda Mauldin) of Joseph and Sarah Pound, along with Great Great-Granddaughter of Joseph’s sister (Theresa Nauscheutz).
Today, the laughter of children and the voices of neighbors can still be heard on the grounds of the 150-year old farmstead. Dr. Joseph Pound and the Founding Fathers of Dripping Springs envisioned a thriving, industrious, and self-sustaining town and so they worked hard to lay a firm foundation of community, education, and prosperity for future residents.
Copyright © Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead
Miles Mathews, President Sandra Coe, Vice President Kevin Franta, Co-Treasurer
Amy Sullivan, Co-Treasurer Sarah Henline, Secretary Pam McAfee, Heritage Circle President
Andrea Larsen, Executive Director Jenny Pack, Marketing Director
Lisa Chaffin Claireen Fellers Melissa Herweck Betty Meyer Lauren Neugebauer Tara Reimers Wanda Mauldin, Great-Great Granddaughter of Sarah & Joseph Pound