The Gault family built a log cabin on their homestead in 1853 as a home for them and their children. They eventually had 11 children. The log cabin stayed in the Gault family through the death of John M. Gault in 1865, but was eventually sold to William and Edna Graves in 1892. The Graves bought the homestead for $500 and used it as a tenant home for many years. While they controlled the property, they added on to the original log cabin. The Graves extended the cabin with a board-and-batten addition. No other additions have been made. The Gault Homestead is now a window in to Texas’ frontier past. It is located inside Katherine Fleischer Park in the Wells Branch neighborhood of Austin, TX.
In addition to the original cabin with its addition, the Gault Homestead other structures and features. A travel wagon, often called a Prairie Schooner is located on the property. A recreation of a Brush Arbor serves as a shady spot to enjoy while visiting the Gault Homestead. The Caddo Indians that once lived in the area would have instructed the pioneers on how to construct a Brush Arbor. Other structures on the property include the Buffalo House containing an American Bison, a drying shed that was torn down and rebuilt closer to the cabin, a syrup shed, outdoor kitchen, outhouse and beehive oven.
The Gault Homestead can be toured by appointment only, unless there is an event. The grounds are open for visitors to walk from dawn until dusk. Visiting the Gault Homestead with its original structures, authentic artifacts and replicas allows visitors a view in to the life of Texas Pioneers. The tours operate September through December and March through May. In addition to arranged tours, events such as Pioneer Pals, open the homestead to visitors for stories, songs and crafts on specific days. The Pioneer Pals program is geared toward Preschoolers.