‘Tombstone Tales’ event kicks off Dripping Springs History Month at Phillips Cemetery Reply


Costumed actors portray historical area residents at Heritage Circle’s 2012 Cemetery Tour.

There is so much fascinating history to be found around Dripping Springs, the City’s Mayor Todd Purcell has proclaimed the month of April as Dripping Springs History Month. The resolution was approved by City Council, and signed by the mayor on March 3rd.  The first event to kickoff the month-long celebration of hyperlocal history is “Tombstone Tales” in historic Phillips Cemetery on Saturday, April 5th, when costumed actors bring pioneers and settlers to life to the delight of local residents and families.

The family-friendly Tombstone Tales walking tours are presented by Heritage Circle, a non-profit auxiliary of the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead, aka “Pound House.” Programs Director Lisa Chaffin shares more about this fun, informative event in her own words:


I’m the Vice President of the Heritage Circle and the Programs Committee Chair. I have lived in Dripping Springs for a short seven years but was immediately drawn to the local history. I was thrilled to find the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead in my own community, and to now be serving on the board of the auxiliary Heritage Circle organization.  Our Heritage Circle program committee has dedicated many hours to bring this wonderful Tombstone Tales walking tour program together at Phillips Cemetery.

Visitors at the gate for Heritage Circle's 2nd Cemetery Tour in 2012.

Visitors at the gate for Heritage Circle’s 2nd Cemetery Tour in 2012.

Our first cemetery tour took place on Wallace Mountain. Next, we hosted a tour at Driftwood Cemetery in 2012. The Heritage Circle has decided to continue the cemetery
tours because they are such an interesting way to learn about the local past, to hear the stories of people who came before us to pioneer our lives here today.  The unique thing about the Phillips cemetery tour is More…

From Frontier to Franchise: Heritage Circle presents Reply

Dripping Springs has a rich history of entrepreneurship that spans over 150 years. Interested in learning more about the early businesses that helped the area to thrive from the beginning? 
The Heritage Circle of Dripping Springs – a volunteer auxilliary of the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead, committed to the preservation and promotion of area history – will host a program called “From Frontier to Franchise” on Sunday, March 4, at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. The oral roundtable presentation about the early businesses along Mercer Street will be held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church at 400 Hwy 290 (between Walgreen’s and Creek Road Cafe).
Panel members include descendants of former Dripping Springs business owners, including Hays County Commissioner Ray Whisenant and Charlie Haydon. Haydon is the son of one of Dripping Springs’ earliest mayors.
Young and old are invited to hear and enjoy the fascinating history of Dripping Springs commerce come alive through the panel discussion, photos, and documents preserved by generations of business owners. Admission is $5 for the general public; Heritage Circle members and attendees 75+ years old are admitted free of charge.
From Frontier to Franchise will be videotaped and made available to historical repositories throughout the area as part of Heritage Circle’s mission “to preserve history for the future.”
For more information about Heritage Circle membership, please visit: www.DrPoundHistoricalFarmstead.com, or call 512.858.5365; by email: heritagecircle@verizon.net.