Click here to visit the official web site of the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead, "the heartbeat of the Dripping Springs area's unique history
and rich pioneer heritage."

PICTURED AT LEFT: The original J.M. Pound house, which is being restored as a museum (photo courtesy Dr. Dennis Cannon)

IN THE LATE FALL OF 1853, three families--bound by kinship and a desire to move to Texas--put their belongings in wagons and left Mississippi. In January 1854, they topped what is now called Wallace Mountain and decided this would be the place they would make their home.

THEIR CHOSEN SPOT was only 30 miles from the capital of Texas, but was still considered part of the frontier, complete with Indians. In all probability, they found their way by following the road that carried supplies to the army fort at Fredericksburg.

The three families were those of Dr. Joseph McKegg Pound and his wife Sarah,  John L. Moss and his wife Indiana (called "Nannie"), and John Lee Wallace and his wife Malvina. The Pounds were newlyweds, but the Wallaces and Mosses already had children. Sarah and Nannie were sisters. John Wallace was a nephew of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

ON JUNE 5, 1857, JOHN MOSS was appointed the first postmaster. To have a post office, the community needed a name. Nannie Moss officially named it for the "dripping springs" at the Milk House Branch of the Edwards Aquifer, a gathering place for the Tonkawa Indians. Dripping Springs became a stagecoach stop and part of a freight line that ran between Austin and Fredericksburg. The last reported Indian raid occurred in 1872.

WHAT IS NOW THE POUND HOUSE MUSEUM was built by Dr. J.M. Pound in 1852. The Pound family operated the farm for more than 130 years. The home was a hospital and a church before being donated to the city as a museum. Dr. Pound, the earliest doctor in Hays County, served in the Mexican and Civil wars, and four generations of his family lived in the home. Restoring the home has been an ongoing community project, now in its eighth year.

TODAY, DRIPPING SPRINGS is often referred to as the "Gateway to the Texas Hill Country." Rolling hills, beautiful rock bottom creeks, abundant wildlife and majestic views make up this Hill Country town with a population of about 1,100 folks.

COMMUNITY RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY PROUD of their new library, as well as Founders City Park, a 30-acre city-owned park just north of the Hwy. 290 West intersection on Ranch Road 12, which features a junior Olympic-sized pool with kiddie area, jogging trail, softball fields, pavilion, picnic facilities, concession stand, and playscape.

ANNUAL EVENTS INCLUDE the Founders' Day celebration each spring, the Cajun Shrimp Boil and Pound House Fall Festival in September, chili cook-off and Gathering Festival of Fine Arts in October, and the "Christmas in the Hills" Tour of Homes.

Information furnished
by the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce
(researched by Carl Waits )

CONTACT INFO

Phone: 512.925.2997

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