Fall Fest 2013 transports visitors back to area pioneer days on Saturday, 9/28 Reply

100_0292Take a step back in time and learn about the rich history and heritage of Dripping Springs at the 23rd annual Fall Fest Pioneer Day. This popular, family-friendly annual event takes place at The Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead – aka the “Pound House” –  located at Founders Park on RR12 North in Dripping Springs on Saturday, September 28th from 10am to 4pm.

The pioneer-themed festival transforms the historical farmstead grounds into an 1850’s era celebration, featuring live music and good food, along with historical period demonstrations and educational exhibits for young and old, all in and around the shade of ancient live oak trees. The largest old oak – which spreads its boughs over a large portion of the middle of the property and is called the Legend Oak because of the stories it could tell – is said to be over 400 years old. PoundHouse

“The annual Fall Fest Pioneer Days is really a great opportunity for the community to learn more about the pioneer roots of Dripping Springs,” said Jeanette Ramirez, executive director of the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead  and this year’s event chair. “Visitors enjoy learning more about the rich heritage of the early days of Texas pioneers.”

New this year to the festival are a general store, produce market, and dominoes game tables. Returning exhibits and activities like the blacksmith shop, wagon rides, Dutch oven cooking demo, pioneer arts and crafts for children, and farm animal exhibits, as well as old-fashioned pioneer era games for kids, will be featured throughout the day.  Also this year, more than 40 artisans will be on site, to demonstrate weaving, basket-making, candle dipping and stitchery.

Pound House CandyEven the festival food and beverages reflect the early days of the Dripping Springs community. Visitors can enjoy BBQ, kettlecorn, homemade pound cakes and browse an old-fashioned confectionery store. Festival goers’ ears will get a treat, too. Local musicians will fill the air with heritage music all day, with performances planned by the Driftwood Gospel Band, Billy Garza and The Hill Country Ramblers, and Homer Whisenant and the Gray Sky Boys. And if you’ve ever wondered where Dripping Springs got its name, the author of the pictorial history “Around Dripping Springs” will be on hand to tell you, and sign copies of this popular book. Book cover

The Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead was founded by Dr. Joseph M. Pound, who 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 to settle down.  In 1853-54, they built a two-room log cabin in an untamed area of Central Texas, which became the thriving present-day community of Dripping Springs.The Pound family became the hub of a quickly growing community life, and opened their house and grounds to serve throughout the years as a medical office and hospital, church sanctuary, schoolhouse, and social gathering place.PoundHouse stagecoach

Admission to Fall Fest Pioneer Day is $5 per person. Kids aged 5 and younger are free. For more information, please visit drpoundhistoricalfarmstead.org or call 512-858-2030.

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