Pecan Creek School

Next open house or event

Saturday, March 30, 2024, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Special Activity Theme: We will be serving pulled pork sandwiches with potato salad, cole slaw, beans, tea, and dessert for $10 per plate from 11 until sold out.

We will have quilts on display and artwork by Ruby Lee Clark. Ruby Lee will demonstrate basic painting techniques. Beverly Johnson will teach attendees how to crochet their own dish scrubbers.

Check our Events Calendar for other Friends-sponsored events to attend.

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School Club Activities

The Pecan Creek Community Club meets monthly on the second Sunday afternoon to play cards and dominoes with refreshments being served after a short meeting. An annual picnic or fish fry is also held each summer on the school grounds.

Visits or Tours

Don't miss out on the chance to explore the schools and their neighboring grounds, even if there are no official open house events scheduled. The school properties and land offer excellent opportunities for leisurely walks, bird watching, engaging in geo-caching, and more. In case the school buildings are locked, take a moment to peer through the windows and catch a glimpse of their interiors. However, if there happens to be a private event in progress, please be considerate and avoid disrupting it.

To schedule a visit or tour when the school isn't conducting a scheduled open house, call the Pecan Creek rental contact person below or complete our Contact Us form and select Pecan Creek School from the dropdown. Include the date/time of your request along with details.

Rental Contact

Helen Feller

Driving Directions

#15 on the driving map (Route A) located at 3410 Pecan Creek Road.

photo of Pecan Creek School
photo of Pecan Creek School
School After Renovations
    School Before Renovations

A brief history of Pecan Creek School

Built in 1916. Consolidated in 1955. Wooden school desks were either double or single with a shelf underneath for items such as cups, pens, and books. Seating was arranged by grade. Several schools still have the original maps, world globes, bookcases, science cases, and the teacher's desk. One of the most important features was the "recitation bench" close to the teacher's desk. Here a particular grade sat for their lesson or recitation.

School Club Officers

Eric Voigt

Jim Ellis

Jenny Voigt

Beverly Johnson

Jenny Voigt
Helen Feller

History of Pecan Creek School

In 1899, the Bernhard Friedrich house, which was bought for $250, became the first school. This first school was private. The Pecan Creek School #29 is located on a 4.5 acre plot in the north central part of Gillespie County. In 1916, land was donated by school patrons. Other patrons donated materials and labor. The original house was moved in parts and rebuilt. The original building is one big room with windows on the south side, and the entrance, with an enclosed cloakroom, is on the east side. The building is constructed of wood, with siding having been added later. The floors are pine and the ceiling is of beaded board. In 1936, an open shed was attached to the school building. At that time, a stage and dance floor was included which was later improved. Today, there is a permanent 15'x20' stage with a walkway around the back wall.

The stage curtain, still in place, displays many early-day Gillespie County merchant advertisements. Blackboards cover part of the west and north sides of the room, and a wood burning stove stands near the back east side. There is a bookcase on the east wall. Also still standing about 30 yards west of the school is an outdoor toilet for girls, with the boys outhouse 60 yards to the south. A rainwater cistern for drinking water, which is no longer in use, was added in 1934 on the north side. Double desks, purchased in 1935, are still in the classroom, as well as a world globe purchased in 1936, and a dust-proof map case containing nine maps purchased for $43.62 in 1938. In 1988, 105 years after the beginning of school in the Pecan Creek area, a reunion was held. Six former teachers and 83 former students attended. Mrs. Albert Menske (Hilda Crenwelge), a former student, was the oldest at 94 years old.

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