The Pioneer Village Living History Center

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The Pioneer Village Venue
for
Special Events

Located in the heart of gorgeous scenery, history and Gonzales, Texas, The Pioneer Village offers a rustic country setting for any event with southern hospitality. This gem is just a short drive from Austin, and an ideal destination from the San Antonio, Houston and Dallas areas. 

Let us help you host your next unforgettable Wedding, Reception, Engagement Party, Wedding Shower, Baby Shower, Fundraiser, Family Reunion, and so much more. 


Events & Special Occasions 

Base Venue Rental $500

Included in this base package

-4 Hours On-site

-Hamon Church that seats 100 guests and pews that are arrangeable (No AC, cooled by ceiling fans and oil lanterns for lighting)

-Pioneer Opry Stage
-Saloon with Fridge & 2 Galvanized Tubs for Drinks 

-Hindman Broom Shop Porch
-The Gates Ranch House Porch 

-Knowles-Townsend Cabin Porch
-The Grounds (max 250 quests)
-Stocked Handicapped Accessible Restrooms
-10 picnic tables with attached benches (seats 60) 

-Numerous benches
-(2)6ft tables and (1)8ft table (gift, food, etc.) 

-Lighted trees & trail
-Wagon Table


AND/OR


The Old School House can be rented for $400 for 3 Hours in addition to the base venue fee or you can rent the Old School House by its self. This rental is air conditioned and requires a staff member to present in the school house. 

Weddings & Receptions

The Hamon Church Ceremony Package $300

Included in this package is the Hamon Church Ceremony

-2 Hours On-site

-Venue Coordinator with full contact and on duty the duration of The Village rental

-The Hamon Church seats 100 guests and pews that are arrangeable (No AC at this time, cooled by ceiling fans, oil lanterns for lighting)
-Stocked Handicapped Accessible Restrooms
-Special, Engagement & Bridal Photo sessions at the venue (Appointment Necessary) 

-Wagon Table

The Pioneer Wedding Package $500

Included in this package is a Hamon Church Ceremony and modest reception immediately following the ceremony. A modest reception is considered to have light appetizers and/or cake and punch, 1-2 hour of social time & pictures, no meal, no music or dance provided for guests.

-4 Hours On-site

-Venue Coordinator with full contact and on duty the duration of The Village rental

-The Hamon Church seats 100 guests and pews that are arrangeable (No AC, cooled by ceiling fans, oil lanterns for lighting)
-Pioneer Opry Stage
-Hindman Broom Shop Porch
-The Gates Ranch House Porch
-Knowles-Townsend Cabin Porch
-The Grounds (max 250 quests)
-The Saloon with Fridge and 2 galvanized tubs to ice down drinks

-Stocked Handicapped Accessible Restrooms

-Special, Engagement & Bridal Photo sessions at the venue (Appointment Necessary) 

-10 picnic tables with attached benches that seat 60 guests
-(2) 6ft tables & (1) 8ft table (Gifts, food, etc.)
-Wagon Table

-Numerous benches

-Lighted trees & trail


The Grand Pioneer Wedding Package $1500

Included in this package is a Hamon Church Ceremony and Full Reception immediately following the ceremony.

-16 Hour Rental on-site

-Venue Coordinator with full contact and on duty the duration of The Village rental

-Hamon Church that seats 100 and pews that are arrangeable (No AC, cooled by ceiling fans and oil lanterns for lighting)

-Pioneer Opry Stage
-Saloon with fridge and 2 galvanized tubs to ice down drinks
-Hindman Broom Shop Porch
-The Old School House (Air Conditioned) with Staff (Bridal Party Dressing Room - 1 hour before wedding

and 1 hour after wedding)
-The Gates Ranch House with Staff (Groom Dressing Room - 1 hour before wedding

and 1 hour after wedding)
-Knowles-Townsend Cabin Porch
-The Grounds (max 250 quests)
-Stocked Handicapped Accessible Restrooms
-Special, Engagement & Bridal Photo sessions at the venue (Appointment Necessary) 

-10 picnic tables with attached benches that seat 60 guests
-Numerous benches
-(2)6ft tables and (1)8ft table (gift, food, etc.)
-Lighted trees & trail
-Wagon Table

Venue General Information

(a) The Village is open to the public Tuesday thru Sunday from 1pm to 5pm and closed on Mondays. In the event that you have rented The Village during normal business hours, The Village will be closed to the public.

(b) Vendors will be able to start setup and/or deliver to The Village the day before from 1pm-5pm or the day of beginning at 8am. Any other time outside of the designated times will require an additional fee.
(c) Kasey Rhodes, The Pioneer Village Venue Coordinator, will be your main contact person. Kasey will help you control your event from conception to clean up and is available for questions at any time. Kasey will be present at The Village the day of your event to make sure everything runs smoothly, efficiently and will help handle any crisis that may come up. Basically any wedding day logistics such as giving vendors access to the site for setup and breakdown, help setting up tables and chairs if rented, ensuring the power and plumbing works and cleaning the space before and after the event, you can count on Kasey. There are times that it is necessary for Kasey to communicate with other Vendors of your event in order to coordinate.

Venue Rules, Regulations & Information

The Pioneer Village is a public non-profit historical organization. Therefore there may be certain restrictions or limitations when renting our grounds that do not apply at traditional venues. We have stricter rules and designated areas for certain events in order to minimize any damage that could happen to our historical artifacts and mementos.

The following is a list of rules and regulations to be upheld by the client, which also includes all event planners, event coordinators, and/or vendors who are involved in the planning and execution of your event on the premises of The Pioneer Village.

1) RULES:

(a) The Village Venue Coordinator and/or an on-site Pioneer Village representative will be on site for all decorating, event activities, and clean-up and has full authority to make decisions regarding use of The Village, including but not limited to cancellation of the event if rules are not followed.
(b) Parking may be outside the back gate in the parking area or in the parking lot by the front gate. For unloading supplies or deliveries, a vehicle may be driven into The Village, but must be removed as soon as possible. There are two entries and parking areas; one handicapped accessible (Harwood Road) and the other through the lighted trails (Highway 183).

(c) NO FIRES ALLOWED
(d) Absolutely no one is allowed to move or work on the lights that are provided around The Village. They will be turned on by a Village representative. If there is a desire to have more lighting it will need to be approved by Venue Coordinator and provided by the client

(e) All candles must be contained or enclosed in glass.
(f) No nails, screws or other destructive methods of displaying decorations may be used. All decorations must be removed without leaving damages directly following the departure of the last guest.
The use of birdseed, blowing bubbles, and rice is permitted only outside for wedding and reception farewells. Confetti, flower petals, glitter, fireworks, and sparklers are not allowed anywhere in the Village.
(g) All music must end by 11pm to comply with sound ordinances.
(h) All children MUST be supervised at all times! The client is responsible for any damage caused by children or other guests.
(i) Any photography or video taken by anyone involved in your event or by our Staff at your event may be used by us on our website, social media pages or for our portfolio for promotion of venue
(j) The Pioneer Village and its representatives assume no responsibility for any property brought into The Village. Personal belongings may be stored in the office-gift shop.
(k) Any furniture belonging to The Village that is moved during the event, must be returned to its original space. If not, we will have to hire someone to move the furniture back and you will be responsible for the charges.
(l) All events must end by 11pm with clean-up to be completed by 12am. If cleanup cannot be accomplished by 12am, you may elect to tear down the next day for an additional fee. This must be done by 12pm the next day.
(m) Any employee or volunteer may access The Village at any time. If maintenance or repair issues arise during the use of The Village, please immediately notify the venue coordinator.

3) INCLEMENT WEATHER:

The Pioneer Village is an OUTDOOR only venue and does not have an indoor gathering area that is heated or cooled. If it were to rain, you and your guests could gather in the Hamon Church, the covered stage and on the porches of The Gates House and the Knowles-Townsend Cabin. There is plenty of space on the grounds to set up your own larger tent or a rental tent. Please discuss a backup plan with the venue coordinator.

4) DATE CHANGES:

If the client is forced to change the date of the event, every effort will be made by The Pioneer Village to support the new date. Any additional expense incurred by The Village will be paid by the client. The client will also accept the fact that date changes may affect quality of event.

5) CANCELLATIONS:

If cancellation occurs at least thirty days prior to the event, deposits will be refunded. After that time, the 50% deposit will be non-refundable. If the cancellation is due emergency conditions or events beyond the control of The Village the entire deposit will be refunded.

6) SECURITY

If alcohol will be consumed on The Village premises, a security officer is required and hired by The Village. The fee is $30 per hour. 

Additional Options & Fees

Old School House Only $400

Additional Event Hours Needed _______ Hours @ $100 per hour
Day Before Decorating 8am-12pm OR 5pm-9pm (4hrs) $200
Day After Cleanup / Tear Down 8am-12pm (4hrs) $200
Sound System $200
Clean Up Service (Tear Down) $200
Clean Up Fee (Will be returned at Inspection) $175
Additional Helping Hands for _________Hours @ $ 15 per hour
Additional Village Decorating Hours Needed _______Hours @ $50 per hour 

Docents (Dressed in period costume and demonstrate crafts and give information about The Village) $100 per Docent