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Strengths - Winedale Historical Collections

Winedale, one of five divisions of the Center for American History, is a complex of nineteenth-century structures and modern facilities situated on 225 acres near Round Top, Texas, in northern Fayette County. Winedale’s mission is to foster an understanding of Texas history and culture through research, teaching, and public service. Winedale preserves and makes accessible its research collections of  nineteenth-century buildings and their period furnishings, sponsors public programs, and serves as a conference site for non-profit educational groups.

For more information visit the Winedale Historical Complex Web site.

Most of Winedale's historic structures and period furnishings were assembled by Houston philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg, who donated them to the University of Texas in 1965. Her intention was that Winedale support the study of Texas history and culture, especially the influence of German settlement and culture in south-central Texas. The Wagner House and the Four-Square Barn are the only two 19th-century structures at Winedale that are located on their original sites. They are part of the Lewis Farmstead, which once occupied the quarter league of land (approximately 1,107 acres) settled by William S. Townsend in the Austin Colony in the early 1830s. All other nineteenth-century buildings have been moved onto the Winedale property as part of projects to preserve important examples of Texas architecture. In assembling these historic buildings at Winedale, Miss Hogg created, for the sake of convenience and use, a community of structures where historically there was none. The furniture, equipment, and decorative arts collections that furnish these buildings include locally made furniture, much of it produced by German immigrant craftsmen, domestic textiles such as quilts and coverlets, folk toys, paintings, china, kitchen utensils, agricultural implements, and cabinet-making tools.