“A good place to live,” wrote Minnie Lea Rogers in her 1970 book, Driftwood Heritage, The History of Driftwood, Texas. Testament to her sentiment is the burst of growth over the last couple of decades, with former ranches giving way to burgeoning subdivisions.
Many newcomers may not realize that Driftwood has been a thriving community since before the Civil War when it was known as Liberty Hill. An upsurge in the the population by 1886 created the need for a post office. Unfortunately there was already a Liberty Hill in Texas. Spotting a pile of wood deposited by an Onion Creek flood, the name Driftwood was suggested, quite appropriate as driftwood had been used for the building of the post office.
In its heyday, Driftwood was home to two stores, a cotton gin, a barber’s shop, a smithy, a Masonic Lodge, two churches, and of course, a school. By the outbreak of World War II, the school had consolidated with Buda, and the vacant building was designated a community center. During the dark days of war, thirty-four of Driftwood’s young men were off serving their country. All except two returned home safely. While they were gone, wives and mothers met regularly in the center, sharing letters and providing moral support. Out of this grew a monthly tradition that led to the formation of the Driftwood Community Improvement Club in 1956.
The Driftwood Community Center is located at the intersection of FM 150 and CR 170 (Elder Hill Road, behind the Methodist Church.)
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Welcome to Driftwood. Our Club meets monthly to enhance the community spirit of Driftwood, with various activities. If you would like to be involved in our area, please send me an email at email@example.com
Thank you. Suzanne Carver - President
Today the Driftwood Community Center is the site of covered-dish suppers each month (except July). Family reunions, wedding receptions, service-club meetings, quilting bees, and other activities further enhance the community spirit of Driftwood. In order to provide for the continued maintenance of the center, the Driftwood Community Improvement Club holds an annual raffle of a deer rifle and a beautiful queen-size quilt, lovingly crafted by the ladies of the Club.
Minnie Lea Rogers wrote in the preface to her book that it “might be called a record of time and place, of people and customs, and a way of life that is fast disappearing from the American scene.” The Driftwood Community Improvement Club strives to preserve the time-honored American traditions of hospitality and neighborliness, as it celebrates the diversity that is modern Driftwood.