Our Purpose

The Hays County Historical Commission is a group of volunteers appointed by the Hays County Commissioner's Court for a two year term to preserve the history and cultural resources of Hays County. Our purpose is to provide information to the public and educational resources on the significance of our heritage in Hays County.

Welcome to Hays County Historical Commission



Next Commission Meeting:
Date: December 1, 2022
Agenda: Click Here (PDF)

The Hays County Historical Commission is a group of volunteers appointed by the Hays County Commissioner's Court for a two year term to preserve the history and cultural resources of Hays County. In addition to implementing the State Historical Marker program of the Texas Historical Commission on a local level, the Hays Historical Commission is active in the preservation of area cemeteries and historical sites. Our purpose is to provide information to the public and educational resources on the significance of our heritage in Hays County.

Since its establishment in 1953, the Hays County Historical Commission has erected markers at important sites across the county, inventoried every cemetery in the county, and conducted a survey of our historic locations. The Commission is active in nominating properties to the National Register of Historic Places, which is our nation's honor roll of significant places in our history. One of our current projects will be restoring the old jail in downtown San Marcos. The Historical Commission also publishes books and brochures pertaining to the history of the county, a list of which are available on this web site.


HCHC Highlights

Serve on the Hays County Historical Commission

Applications for serving on the Hays County Historical Commission (2023 - 2024 Term) are now being accepted.

Please follow instructions in the application details. Click here for details.


November Greetings

As the weather changes with mild days and cool nights, Hays County will be filled activities that families and friends can explore outdoors. Parks and trails are waiting for picnics and hikes; many cemeteries are open to the public for honoring, memorializing, and remembering those of the past; and historic buildings, cultural centers, and museums throughout the county await visitors (young and old). Enjoy the weather, the culture, the history of Hays County.


The Kyle Railroad Depot and Heritage Center receives a Texas Historical Marker

October 2022 marks the date that visitors to the Kyle Depot can view and read the new marker. The Kyle Railroad Depot and Heritage Center is located at 100 N. Front Street, Kyle Texas Texas.

Read more - Click here!


Georgia Virginia (Pound) Cavett (1868-1968)

Georgia Virginia (Pound) Cavett (1868-1968) was born in Dripping Springs, the seventh child of Dr. Joseph M. and Sarah (Ward) Pound. Georgia became a teacher, and in 1890, married Mose Calhoun Cavett. Not long after their only child, Marguerite Ruperta (1895-1983), was born, the marriage ended.  Georgia, with little Marguerite, returned home where she cared for her aging parents while teaching in the local area. 

After Dr. and Mrs. Pound died, Georgia and Marguerite left for New Mexico where they both took up teaching posts until Marguerite married rancher, Charles Hammack.  To be close to Marguerite, Georgia continued to teach in New Mexico in the 1920s. She spent the summer vacation at the Pound Farmstead which was run by her widowed sister, Mittie (Pound) Sorrell.

Marguerite’s husband died in 1934.  She and her three children accompanied Georgia back to the Pound House where they would live out their days.

“Miss Georgia”, as she was known, was remembered as “a wonderful and beloved teacher.”   She was an original member of the Hays County Historical Survey Committee, the forerunner of the current Historical Commission, and an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star. 

Georgia (Pound) Cavett, who died in her 100th year, attributed her sharp mind to solving algebra problems.  Marguerite (Cavett) Hammack inherited the Pound Farmstead which she bequeathed as a museum to Dripping Springs.

The accompanying interview (1961) is the only known recording made by Georgia.

Click here to view Powerpoint Presentation (audio and photos)

Click here for audio only (23:00 minutes)


The Natural Heritage Committee provides a great resource to Hays County citizens. The resource provides information about the flowers, grasses, plants, and trees seen in the Hays County area throughout the year. Designed as a monthly newsletter, information is provided to address what we might see outside in our backyards, nature-trails, parks, and properties. Enjoy reading the information, exploring nature, and observing the flora of HaysCounty. 

Click here for more information!


Operating Hours

Kyle Railroad Depot & Heritage Center
100 N Front Street
Kyle, TX 78640-4172
512-262-1188
kyledepot@gmail.com

Open each Saturday of the month from 10am to 2pm, and for requested special tours
Kyle Railroad Depot - More Information!

Historic Hays County Courthouse Museum
111 E San Antonio Street; First floor
San Marcos, TX 78666
512-393-2277
hayshistoricalcommission@gmail.com
Open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10am to 2pm. Contact us to request special tours and study sessions for research purposes.