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The Briscoe Center for American History is temporarily closed to visitors along with all other departments and units at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, appointments, events and programs that were scheduled to occur at the center during the spring semester have been cancelled. This policy applies to the center's exhibit spaces, classrooms, reading room, public services and off campus divisions, which include the Briscoe-Garner Museum in Uvalde, the Sam Rayburn Museum in Bonham and Winedale in Round Top. Our staff are working remotely and continue to monitor online queries and requests. Updates to this policy will be posted on this page.

Winedale Historical Complex

The Winedale Historical Complex, a division of UT Austin's Briscoe Center, is a collection of nineteenth-century structures and their period furnishings situated on 225 acres in northern Fayette County. Winedale's collections offer a tangible link to the Texas past, capturing the evidence of history through architecture, furnishings, and decorative arts.

Texas Furniture Exhibit - Virtual TourVirtual tour of Texas Furniture From The Ima Hogg Winedale Collection at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Most of the structures and collections at Winedale were moved to the complex by Miss Ima Hogg in the 1960s. Miss Hogg donated the Winedale campus to the university in 1967, envisioning a "laboratory for students in college to explore many fields associated with the history and culture of ethnic groups who migrated to Texas in the early part of the 19th Century."

Winedale's purpose, in support of the university's educational mission, is to foster an understanding of Texas history and culture by preserving the collections and making them available for teaching and research. Winedale's resources include 10 historic 19th century buildings, an extensive collection of Texas furniture, decorative arts, and the Winedale Quilt Collection.

Winedale regularly hosts students from elementary and secondary schools, as well as college classes in history, anthropology, horticulture, and theater. Established in 1970, the Shakespeare at Winedale program provides students the opportunity to explore Shakespeare through performance. Winedale's dining hall, dormitory, conference center, and outdoor pavilion are available for use by nonprofit educational groups for meetings and retreats. The Wagner dormitory has undergone a seven-figure renovation thanks to support from Nancy M. and Howard L. Terry.

Winedale supports the university's public outreach through tours by appointment, publications, exhibits and programming. In 2012, the Briscoe Center published the two-volume series, Texas Furniture. In 2013, the center collaborated with the Bob Bullock Texas State History museum to present Texas Furniture From The Ima Hogg Winedale Collection. As with the book series, the exhibit opened up Winedale's collections to new audiences. It has been digitally archived as a 360-degree virtual tour. Winedale also hosts an annual quilt exhibit in February and Christmas at Winedale, a folk-life festival in December.

*Banner Photo by Stan A. Williams/Courtesy of Texas Highways 


Photo by Stan A. Williams/Courtesy of Texas HighwaysPhoto by Stan A. Williams/Courtesy of Texas Highways

Winedale is home to 10 historic structures, first restored by Miss Ima Hogg in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The buildings underwent extensive renovation in 2003-2004, shortly after the University transferred the care of the property to the Briscoe Center. While they remain structurally sound, maintaining them is a complex and costly affair. The Briscoe Center makes regular investments to maintain the Winedale campus and its collections, including a contingency reserve for emergency repairs. Recent repair work includes work on the Beigel house and upgrades to the water line and septic system.

Miss Ima Hogg Society

Ima Hogg at piano, Hixon Studio, Houston, di_03457.Miss Ima Hogg at piano, Hixon Studio, Houston, di_03457.

Some persons create history.
Some record it.
Others restore and conserve it.
She has done all three.

Texas Governor Allan Shivers about Miss Ima Hogg

The Briscoe Center is pleased to recognize donors who support Miss Ima’s vision in perpetuity by establishing or contributing* to an endowment supporting Winedale preservation, programs, professional staff, or operations as members of the Miss Ima Hogg Society.

*contributions of $5,000 or more to an existing Winedale endowment.

Miss Ima Hogg

Alfred and Ruby D. Wagner

The Ragsdale Foundation

Dr. Michael and Judy Koehl

Support Winedale

All gifts of all sizes are important. You can support Winedale with an outright gift today by visiting You can also mail your gift to: Winedale, Briscoe Center for American History, 2300 Red River Street, Stop D1100, Austin, Texas 78712.

To learn more about giving opportunities to help preserve Winedale and its collections, contact Lisa Avra, CFRE at or 512-495-4696.

Winedale Endowment Vision: $30 Million

Winedale Endowment Vision: $30 Million

Winedale's current endowment size supports basic operational staff and maintenance. With your help, we could do so much more. Support our vision for Winedale in your lifetime and beyond by contributing to an existing Winedale endowment or establishing a new, named endowment.

With your help, the endowment can grow to support a director, a collection curator, an educator, graduate internships, ongoing preservation needs of the historic structures, collection conservation, and a variety of educational programs. New endowments can be established with an outright gift of cash or stock, as a pledge of up to five years, or through a bequest or other planned giving method.

Winedale Docent Program

Would you like to donate your time to Winedale? Volunteer docents give tours and staff public programs and events. Email to register as a Winedale docent and participate in docent education programs.

The Friends of Winedale is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that provides volunteer and fundraising support to benefit Winedale. Visit for information on how to get involved.


Contact and Directions

Winedale is located at 3738 FM 2714 near Round Top, Texas. All tours are by appointment only. To arrange a tour please call (979) 278-3530. Staff information is available on our directory page.

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Texas Furniture From The Ima Hogg Winedale Collection

During the fifty years between 1830 and 1880 Texas artisans produced handmade furniture to supply the needs of their neighbors. By 1880, railroads had made factory-made furniture from the eastern and midwestern United States available to most Texans, and local cabinetmakers largely ceased production. Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg assembled a collection of furniture made by Texas cainetmakers at the Winedale Historical Center near Round Top, which she donated to the University of Texas at Austin. This online exhibit shows the finest examples from that collection.

Texas Furniture - Book Cover

Texas Furniture Research Project

Recently, the Briscoe Center sponsored a significant research project led by two widely known experts in the field of material culture, Lonn Taylor and David Warren, that served as the foundation for the recent publication of Texas Furniture: The Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840–1880, Volumes One and Two. The first volume, universally recognized as the authoritative publication on the subject of nineteenth-century handmade Texas furniture, relied heavily on Miss Ima Hogg's Winedale collections, now an integral part of the Briscoe Center's holdings in material culture.

Wagner House and Family, Winedale

The Winedale Story

"The Winedale Story" online exhibit is based on a permanent exhibit in Hazel's Lone Oak cottage at Winedale. The exhibit features facsimiles of photographs, maps, manuscripts, newspapers, and artifacts drawn from the Briscoe Center's extensive Texas history collections.