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"DRIFT-wood"Population (2010): 144COL Index (2008):
Elevation: 1,043 ftArea: undefined smCounty: Hays
Zip Code: 78619Area Code: 512Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 30° 7' 23" N, 98° 1' 51" W
Location: Central part of county
Highways: FM 150, FM 1826, FM 967Creeks: OnionRivers: NoneLakes: None
CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: None
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: 5 mi SE of Dripping Springs, 16 mi NE of NE of Wimberley and Woodcreek
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching, wineries, artists
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: See full details in Directory below.
- Salt Lick BBQ: 512-858-4959; www.saltlickbbq.com. World renowned for its bbq, cole slaw and cobbler
- Driftwood Estate Winery: 512-692-6229; www.driftwoodvineyards.com
- Duchman Family Winery: 512-858-1470; www.duchmanfamilywinery.com
- Salt Lick Cellars: 512-829-4013; http://saltlickcellars.com
- Wimberley Valley Winery: 281-350-8801; www.wimberleyvalleywinery.com
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Dripping Springs: Museums, Scenic Drives; The Springs; Arts
- Wimberley: Bella Vista Olive Ranch; Corral Theatre; Emily Ann Theatre; Hunters Chase Farms; Jacob's Well; Central Texas Bonsai Exhibit/jade Gardens; Old Baldy; Golf; Wimberley Glass Works; Lavender Farms; Wimberley Players; Wimberley Zipline Adventures
- City Of Woodcreek: Golf; Jacob's Well
- Jun: Annual Camp Ben Reunion
- Oct: Driftwood Heritage Evening, supper & drawing (rifle & quilt), at Community Center, raffle tickets at Salt Lick (annual, 1st Sat)
WEATHER: Local Weather; Hill Country-wide Weather
MEDIA COVERAGE: See full details in Directory below.
- On-Line News: Google News; Topix
- Newspapers: News-Dispatch: www.newsdispatchnewspaper.com
- Radio/TV, Articles & Videos:
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "Developed in the 1880s as a supply center for neighboring ranches and farms. Pioneers settled in the area as early as 1850, but most settlers arrived in the early 1880s. The community grew rapidly in that decade, perhaps as a result of its access to the new rail terminals at Kyle and Buda. By 1890 Driftwood had a post office, a school, churches, a cotton gin, and a general store. From a low of ten in 1925, the population grew to nearly 100 during the middle years of the twentieth century, then dwindled to fewer than twenty-five by the 1970s. In 1945 Driftwood became part of the Buda school district. A century after its founding, the community remained a quiet Hill Country crossroads served by a general store and post office."
Regarding Camp Ben McCulloch, their www.campben.com web site history page shows: "Camp Ben McCulloch was organized in the summer of 1896 at Driftwood Texas. The organized membership probably numbered seventeen. Beginning about 1930 it was the largest United Confederate Veterans Camp in the South. The first meeting was held at the "Martin Spring" near Driftwood on property belonging to Joe Rogers, a Confederate veteran and the date was set each year according to the full moon and between cotton chopping and cotton harvesting time.
Since its organization, Camp Ben McCulloch has staged at least three day attractive programs at each annual reunion and has invited the world to attend and the attendance has reached as high as six thousand in one year.
The annual reunions are held on the forty acre site on Onion Creek near Driftwood,Texas, twenty miles southwest of downtown Austin. The camp has electricity, running water and a splendid natural swimming pool. Some of the finest oak trees anywhere are found on the Camp Ben McCulloch grounds.
The camp was named in honor of General Ben McCulloch, who was killed while serving in the Confederate forces in the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, March 7, 1862. He had also served with distinction as a private in the Battle of San Jacinto and later in the Texas Rangers and in the United States Forces in the War with Mexico. Both he and his brother, Henry Eustace McCulloch, reached the rank of general in the Confederate Army. They were the only two brothers to reach the rank of general during the War Between the States. General Ben McCulloch is buried in the State Cemetery at Austin, Texas.
In his splendid book, "Eighty Years Under the Stars and Bars,” Thomas Fletcher Harwell, deceased of Kyle, Texas, who was the adjutant of the camp for more than twenty- five years, says: “The organization of Camp Ben McCulloch took place in the summer of 1896, by a group of Confederate soldiers and their families and friends, who lived in the ‘Hill Country’ of Hays County." "
HISTORICAL MARKERS: See Texas Historical Commission's Historic Sites Atlas: http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us. Includes interactive map plus detailed descriptions of historical markers, cemeteries, museums, all searchable by county.
CEMETERIES: See THC Historic Sites Atlas above.
AVAILABLE SERVICES: Gas: no; Convenience Stores: no; Restaurants: yes; Lodging: yes; Grocery Stores: no; Banks: no; Vehicle Repair: no; Hospital: no; Med Clinic: no; Post Office: yes; Public Schools: no; Cemetery: no
OTHER PROFILES: City Data (not available); ePodunk; Texas Escapes (not available); Wikipedia
CR 170 is also called Elder Hill Rd
We welcome inquiries, comments and submission of updates, additions, corrections
& digital photos, without compensation. Send to:
BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
GNARLYWOOD STUDIO GRAPHIC ARTS: Driftwood, TX 78619. www.gnarlywoodstudio.com
MARY T. BARTON: 512-289-3000; Driftwood, TX 78619. www.marytbarton.com. Mixed Media
MICHAEL HALL'S STUDIO FOUNDRY: 512-858-7067; 14901 FM 150 W, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.studiofoundry.com
DRIFTWOOD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 512-658-0164; FM 150 W (at CR 170), Driftwood, TX 78619. www.driftwoodumc.org
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
DRIFTWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT: Admin: 512-288-5474; 15850 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78737. www.driftwoodfire.org
SAN MARCOS/HAYS COUNTY EMS: 512-353-5115; 1305 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78667. www.smhcems.com. Serves San Marcos, Kyle, Mountain City, Hays, Dripping Springs, Henly, Driftwood, Uhland and Niederwald, most of Hays County and portions of Guadalupe County.
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT: Unincorporated
LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: See: Hays County Government Offices
HAYS COUNTY CITIZENS COLLECTION STATION: 20290 FM 150 W at Darden Hill Rd
COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 4: 512-858-7268; 195 Roger Hanks Pkwy, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. Ray Whisenant (R), firstname.lastname@example.org
Precinct 442 Election Day Polling Location: Driftwood Community Center, 15100 FM 150 W, Driftwood, TX 78619
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
US POST OFFICE: 512-858-7847; 100 Elder Hill Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.usps.com
AUSTIN EQUINE ASSOCIATES: 512-858-0058; 20640 Hwy 150, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.austinequine.com. A full-service equine veterinary hospital serving the greater Austin region. Services include all manners of equine surgery, digital radiography, shockwave therapy, acupuncture, ambulatory, and 24-hour emergency care
GRAYMAR FARM: 512-296-1059; 175 Darden Hill Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.graymarfarm.com. Horse boarding, consulting, sale
LAKE & CREEK HORSE RANCH: 512-587-9656; 13400 FM 150, Driftwood, TX 78619
BALCONES WATER WELL SERVICE: 512-847-3270; 500 Trails End Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619
CLEARWATER PLUMBING & WATER TREATMENT: 512-894-0229; Driftwood, TX 78619
LARUE & SONS BUILDING CONTRACTORS: 512-496-4425; Driftwood, TX 78619
PDG SPRINKLER SERVICE: 512-653-7085; 2879 County Rd 170, Driftwood, TX 78619
TESSERAE TILE & STONE: 512-891-8588; Driftwood, TX 78619
WEBB DENNISTON WOODWORKS: 512-858-7836; Driftwood, TX 78619
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing.
(THE) DRIFT INN: 512-608-3262; 400 York Creek Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619. On the outskirts of Wimberley, nestled among the oak trees on 10 secluded acres. A 2008 built 1BR, 1BA house perfect for that romantic getaway! www.thedriftinn.net
HILLSIDE CABIN BED & BREAKFAST: 512-894-0161; 130 Schoolhouse Ridge Road, Driftwood, TX 78619
LAKE & CREEK HORSE RANCH: 512-587-9656; 13400 FM 150, Driftwood, TX 78619
BIG JOHN'S BARBER SHOP: Driftwood, TX 78619
COLORS IN ENVIRONMENTS: 512-695-9290; 1600 E Gatlin Creek Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.colorsinenvironments.com
CREEKSIDE PAVILION: 512-894-3218; 18315 FM 1826 At Onion Creek, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.austincreekside.com. Outdoor weddings and special event services
DISCOUNT MERCHANDISE OUTLET: 512-848-3001; POB 46, Driftwood, TX 78619
(THE) GREENHOUSE AT DRIFTWOOD: 512-239-9187; 850 Darden Hill Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619. http://thegreenhousedriftwood.com. Event venue & wedding planning
KW TREE FARM: 512-858-4886; 403 KC Memory Ln, Dripping Springs, TX 78619
LAKE & CREEK HORSE RANCH 512-587-9656; 13400 FM 150, Driftwood, TX 78619
(THE) LAZY 8 RANCH & SPECIALTY FOOD CO: 512-858-2805; 19825 RR 12, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.thelazy8.com. Working ranch that manufactures specialty pancake and waffle mixes, muffin mixes, and spices for grilling and topping, that are distributed nationwide.
LEANING POST RANCH: 512-569-2095; 1010 Brownson Ln, Driftwood, TX 78619
LLOYD'S WORKSHOP INCORPORATED: 512-894-0110; 18161 FM 150 W, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.acdelco.com
(THE) NEWS-DISPATCH: 512-842-1117; POB 227; Driftwood, TX 78619. www.newsdispatchnewspaper.com. Newspaper & web site serves news of Wimberley & Dripping Springs
(THE) RCD SHOW: 512-847 5191; 180 Lonesome Trail, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.youtube.com/user/THERCDSHOW. We don't charge, or pay. Features Texas singer songwriters performing their originals and interviews with the artist. From the little known gyms of talent to the more recognizable names in Texas and hill country music. Hosted by Ricky Charles Dodson.
(THE) SALT LICK - PECAN GROVE PAVILION: 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619. See Saltlick BBQ in Restaurants section below.
SKEENS PHOTOGRAPHY: 512-968-5377; 1051 Lonesome Trl, Driftwood, TX 78619. http://skeensphotography.com
STUDIO 88: 512-894-3027; 22500 RR 12, Dripping Springs, TX 78619. Commercial Printing
SUMMERTREE WOODSHOP: 512-847-5238; Turtle Hl, Driftwood, TX 78619. Furniture
THRUMAN'S MANSION: 17900 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619
TRAVEL CO-OP: 830-833-2139; POB 158, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.hillcountrytravelcenter.com
WILDFLOWER BARN EVENT CENTER: 512-751-2739; 1770 N Elder Hill Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.thewildflowerbarn.com. Wedding facility
CAMP BEN MCCULLOCH: 512-858-2084; 18301 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.campben.com, www.campbenmcculloch.com. Annual reunion
DRIFTWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER & DRIFTWOOD COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT CLUB: 15100 FM 150 W (at CR 170), Driftwood, TX 78619. www.driftwoodtx.org. Former school house. Annual Heritage Evening & BBQ Supper (Heritage Day) in Oct; Monthly community potluck suppers; Available for rental
DRIFTWOOD HERITAGE QUILTERS: Driftwood, TX 78619
(THE) DRIFTWOOD HISTORICAL CONSERVATION SOCIETY: Driftwood, TX 78619. http://driftwoodhcs.com. Formed to conserve and protect the Driftwood, Texas William B. Travis Legacy Trail, a 10.5 mile-long corridor rich in Texas history and natural beauty. The Trail begins at the intersection of FM 1826 and FM 967 and extends W along FM 1826 to the intersection of FM 1826 and FM 150; extends S from this intersection to Hays City; and extends N from this intersection for approximately 3 miles. This area includes many historic structures on William B. Travis’ original league of land acquired in 1835, as well as other areas to be conserved. Web site has lots of photos and video. Map
(THE) STARLIGHT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 512-847-5608; 8601 RR 3237, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.starlightsymphony.org
TEXAS H2OASIS: 190 Chalk Bluff Court, Driftwood, TX 78619-4605. www.texash2oasis.org. Non-profit. Mission: Provide Environmental Education, Restore/Manage the Land and Water Resources, Create Eco-Sanctuary for Wildlife/Animals
AUSTIN PET RANCH: 512-301-2279; 14425 FM Rd 1826, Austin/Driftwood, TX 78737. www.austinpetranch.com. Kennel
DOG CAMP PET BOARDING: 512-858-9227; 20200 FM 150 W, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.dogcamp.net. Boarding, daycare, grooming
DRIFTWOOD KENNELS: 512-894-0003; 19101 FM 150 W, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.driftwoodkennels.com. Boarding, grooming
Note: See separate listing sections for horses, riding, equestrian, and other care.
HAYS CITY STORE: 512-722-3905; 8989 FM 150 W, Driftwood, TX 78619. http://hayscitystoretx.com
SALT LICK BBQ: Restaurant: 512-858-4959; Office for reservations, directions: 512-894-3117; 18001 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.saltlickbbq.com. Open daily 11a-10p. Reservations accepted, bring your own cooler. Cash only (ATM available).
TRATTORIA LISINA: 512-894-3111; 13308 FM 150 W, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.trattorialisina.com. Italian restaurant at Mandola Winery.
HILL COUNTRY-WIDE UTILITY PROVIDERS:
For Hill Country area utility service providers (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash),
telecom providers (land lines, cellular service, TV, internet), and related services (package delivery, newspaper, etc.), click: Utilities & Telecom
DRIFTWOOD ESTATE WINERY: 512-692-6229; 4001 Elder Hill Rd (CR 170), Driftwood, TX 78619. www.driftwoodvineyards.com
DUCHMAN FAMILY WINERY: 512-858-1470; 13308 FM 150 W, Driftwood, TX 78619. www.duchmanfamilywinery.com. Mon-Sat 10-5; Sun 12-5. Producing fine Texas wines from traditional Italian grape varieties in a beautiful Hill Country setting, just 25 mi from downtown Austin. "In the Italian way we combine innovative equipment and techniques with traditional methods to produce uniquely Texas wines with an Italian sense of style. If you share our love of Italian wines, or if you are just looking for a fun outing, join us." Directions: Located on FM 150, 2.3 mi S of the intersection of FM 1826 and FM 150.
SALT LICK CELLARS: 512-829-4013; 1800-C FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619. http://saltlickcellars.com. Map. The Salt Lick family has roots running deep in Texas, all the way back to the mid-1800’s. The McPhersons have been a pioneering family in grape growing and wine making in Texas for over 40 years. The partnership between these two Texas families provides a delicious and quality wine that is 100% Texan.
WIMBERLEY VALLEY WINERY: 281-350-8801; 2825 Lone Mountain Rd (CR 183), Driftwood, TX 78619. www.wimberleyvalleywinery.com. Just N of Wimberley off RR 12. Since 1982, produces a number of fine varietals and table wines, as well as our widely popular flavored and fruit wines. We select juices, fruit and wines for blending based on strict criteria from both in and outside of Texas which allows for the creation of the finest and most distinct wines possible. Map
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
Upscale Western-style Guest House Lodging
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: www.SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
Come Relax & Enjoy!