The Pioneer Village Living History Center

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Schindler Barn
Built in the 1870’s, this is a classic example of a South Texas farm outbuilding used for tack for horses and oxen, cotton, wool, hay and other items. The logs were not chinked to allow for air circulation. The attached corn crib is still used to store corn which is shucked and ground into meal. Sheds on either side were used to protect wagons, implements, and animals.

Granary
The only survivor of six original structures built in the 1860s under a common roof. It would have stored seeds and grains for the coming year and would possibly be used to shell corn for customers.

Smokehouse
The Smokehouse was one the most important buildings in the early Texas and was one of the main ways to preserve meat. Both hot and cold smoking was practiced with hot smoking being the most common method

Muenzler House
This Greek Revival home was built in 1892 in Cost, Texas by German immigrants Wilhelm and Augusta Muenzler. It houses museum displays and authentic furnishings.

St. Andrew Street House, Office and Gift Shop
This unique building was a small town dwelling built in the 1890’s. It was moved to Pioneer Village to be used as an office and originally had two rooms with a shed kitchen. The pioneer Village office and gift shop are housed in this structure.

Hamon Church
The people in the Hamon area built this church in the late 1870s for use as a Presbyterian Church. It later became the Hamon Baptist Church and was presided over by a circuit riding preacher. This cypress-sided building has a theater floor and is still used for special events and weddings.

The Gates House
Samuel Hardin Gates was a gunsmith, blacksmith, and carpenter; his home reflects the handy work of a skilled craftsman and gives the modern-day visitor an opportunity to view what was considered one of the more elaborate-type homes of the 1850s.

Knowles - Townsend Cabin
This structure was built in the mid 1840's in the central chimney style. Very few homes were built in this style in the warm climate of South Texas. 

Oak Forest School
Built in the first half of the 1900s, this two room school still has its original blackboards. It houses furnishings from a doctor’s office and two post offices.

Print Shop
A museum quality linotype machine is showcased in this example of an early print shop.

Pioneer Opry Stage
This multi-use area was built to be used for entertainment such as plays, melodramas and story telling.

Hindman Broom Shop
The broom-making equipment housed here was originally used by Bennie Hindman in San Antonio. 

Saloon
Materials were donated by Mr. and Mrs. James Knandel's 1899 house. The building is currently used for concessions during special events.

Blacksmith Shop
The town Blacksmith was one of the most sought after tradesmen during the latter part of the 19th century. The smithy includes the wheelwright shop where wooden wagon and buggy wheels were made or repaired. Hand-forged blacksmith equipment from the 1880s and 90s is still used in demonstrations at Gonzales Pioneer Village.