The Winedale Historical Complex, a division of UT Austin's Briscoe Center, is a collection of nineteenth-century structures and their period furnishings situated on 225 acres in northern Fayette County. Winedale's collections offer a tangible link to the Texas past, capturing the evidence of history through architecture, furnishings, and decorative arts.
Winedale's purpose, in support of the university's educational mission, is to foster an understanding of Texas history and culture by preserving the collections and making them available for teaching and research. Winedale's resources include 10 historic 19th century buildings, an extensive collection of Texas furniture, decorative arts, and the Winedale Quilt Collection.Most of the structures and collections at Winedale were moved to the complex by Miss Ima Hogg in the 1960s. Miss Hogg donated the Winedale campus to the university in 1967, envisioning a "laboratory for students in college to explore many fields associated with the history and culture of ethnic groups who migrated to Texas in the early part of the 19th Century."
Winedale regularly hosts students from elementary and secondary schools, as well as college classes in history, anthropology, horticulture, and theater. Established in 1970, the Shakespeare at Winedale program provides students the opportunity to explore Shakespeare through performance. Winedale's dining hall, dormitory, conference center, and outdoor pavilion are available for use by nonprofit educational groups for meetings and retreats. The Wagner dormitory has undergone a seven-figure renovation thanks to support from Nancy M. and Howard L. Terry.
Winedale supports the university's public outreach through tours by appointment, publications, exhibits and programming. In 2012, the Briscoe Center published the two-volume series, Texas Furniture. In 2013, the center collaborated with the Bob Bullock Texas State History museum to present Texas Furniture From The Ima Hogg Winedale Collection. As with the book series, the exhibit opened up Winedale's collections to new audiences. It has been digitally archived as a 360-degree virtual tour. Winedale also hosts an annual quilt exhibit in February and Christmas at Winedale, a folk-life festival in December.