Eagle candidate helps add dining comfort at Pioneer Village
Folks may go to Pioneer Village in Gonzales to learn all about roughing things the way they used to be — but they’ll now have a chance to rough it in a little more comfortable fashion.
“I’ve been going to Pioneer Village since I was young,” said Dillon Catchings. “I saw they didn’t have any place to eat.”
As the host for historic recreations and learning, Pioneer Village is a living museum, designed for the walk-around learner. But the site also hosts other events such as the recent Dutch Over cookoff.
So when it came time for him to serve up a community project to earn his Eagle Scout rank, the 15-year-old freshman at Gonzales High School already had an idea cooked up.
“We went to Pioneer Village and built 10 picnic tables so people will have a place to sit and eat,” the youngster said. “They (Pioneer Village) were really enthused.”
“It took 22 of us about four hours to put them all together,” Dillon said. “The Elks Lodge donated the materials, and we cut everything and had it all ready before we went out.”
H-E-B supplied the work crew with drinks, while Tropical Island Snow furnished lunch. Frames and Things contributed plaques for the tables as well.
Dillon said he’d put more than 125 man-hours into the project, which he first concieved last November. The member of Troop 262 in Gonzales has future plans to attend Texas A&M and study poultry science.