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 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 composition and appearance from the period when Dr. Pound lived here.
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. The family never
modernized the home: in fact, the last living descendant to occupy the
home in the 1980’s never installed indoor plumbing; still using an
outhouse and outdoor bathing facilities. The only exception is that
electricity was added in 1947.
In addition, 90% of the museum’s collection
belonged to the family members, making our display personal and unique.
Today we are very happy to have as a docent to our museum the Great
Great-Granddaughter (Wanda Mauldin) of Joseph & Sarah Pound.
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 1854-55 they
built a two- room log cabin in an untamed area of Central Texas, present
day Dripping Springs. With an abundant source of water and rich soil,
Dripping Springs was a desirable place to stay.
It is believed Dripping Springs was part of the original wagon route
from Austin to Fredericksburg and so the Pounds may have passed through
on the journey.