Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead

     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.

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.

     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-Granddaughter (Marjorie Owens), and the Great Great-Granddaughter (Wanda Mauldin) of Joseph and Sarah Pound, along with Great Great-Granddaughter of Joseph’s sister (Theresa Nauscheutz).    


Heritage Circle, an Auxiliary of FPHF
    Heritage Circle of Dripping Springs is the Friends of the Pound House Foundation’s newest sidekick.  As an auxiliary of the venerable group, the circle aims to build on the historical excitement generated by the city’s treasured “First House”.
    The organization has expanded awareness of, and generated enthusiasm for, Dripping Springs’ local history through related programming.  This year the organization held an Old-Fashioned Family Christmas Ornament-Making Party to coincide with Christmas on Mercer Street, a Walking Tour of Historical Mercer Street, and an Oral History Roundtable Discussion on our Educational Heritage.
    The Heritage Circle visit all 2nd grade classrooms with “Sarah’s Trunk”, a specially designed presentation which describes frontier life in the Dripping Springs early community using artifacts.  By tracing Joseph and Sarah Pound’s journey to Texas and their subsequent family life, “Sarah’s Trunk” prepares the students for their visit to the Pound House.  
    Membership is available. Fees collected will help enable programs such as these to continue in preserving history for the future.

Become a Heritage Circle Member


Friends of the Pound House Foundation

The Foundation consists of a fifteen member board each a three year term. This is a working board responsible for the restoration, maintenance, and financial well being of the Pound House.


Board of Trustees Our current Board of Trustees:

  • Miles Mathews, President         
  • Sandra Coe, Vice President 
  • Kim Frederick, Treasurer   
  • Sarah Henline, Secretary      
  • Pam McAfee, Heritage Circle President
  • Lisa Chaffin
  • Claireen Fellers 
  • Kevin Franta         
  • Virgina Shurgar Hassell             
  • Wanda Mauldin, Great-Great Granddaughter of
  •      Sarah & Joseph Pound
  • Betty Meyer
  • Aubrey Munguia
  • Lauren Neugebauer
  • Mary Smith


Executive Director: Andrea Larsen

     Friends of the Pound House Foundation(FPHF) is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.    

    Donations allow the FPHF to continue

restoration and maintenance of the

Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead. More

importantly, however, we will be able to continue to develope and offer quality educational programs to our local school children and to our community.      

    Future plans include a much needed visitor center and meeting facility that will expand the programs and services we are able to offer. Please consider making a donation to our museum today.

The Farmstead Heritage

    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.

The Pound Family History

    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.