Odessa's Oldest Remaining Structure

 

history

 

Free Admission. Open Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 3pm

Group Tours by Appointment

The White-Pool House Museum stands as the oldest remaining structure in Odessa, Texas. Built in 1887, restored during the 1979-1984 time period.

Rooms in the house are interpreted in two major time periods: The 1880's "Pioneer Era" representing the time of occupancy by the White family, and the 1930's "Oil Boom Era", representing the time of occupancy by the Pool family.

The museum complex features an Eclipse windmill and wood tank, barn replica, farm out-buildings, and an outhouse of handmade blocks from 1887. The barn also houses a permanent collection of horse drawn equipment.

The White-Pool House was donated to Ector County for historical preservation in 1978. The White-Pool House Friends, a non-profit organization was formed in 1986 to preserve the historic heritage of the house and buildings on the grounds.

The outside walls are red brick with plaster masonry over wooden lattice boards inside. The rock-lined cellar is made of native caliche rock found on the West Texas Prarie.

 

house

 

Calendar of Events

January 23 - March 16 A Stitch In Time-Quilting from the Late 1800s to the Present
Quilting originated out of necessity. Pioneer families knew how to utilize their resources. Quilts were made from leftover articles of clothing and feed sacks. Quilting evolved from using what was on hand create works of art.

April 3 - June Depression Glass
Depression glass is clear or colored translucent glassware. Around the time of the Great Depression, some manufacturers put a piece of glassware in their products as an incentive to purchase. Movie theaters and businesses would hand out a piece as customers entered the door. Depression glass comes in a variety of colors and styles and is now highly collectable.

June 19 - August 17  A Time To Remember - War Memorabilia
This exhibit represents U. S. participation in military conflicts. The museum will feature artifacts, on loan from local collectors, which include items from the home front and abroad. The display is intended to honor our military personnel and their families.

September 4 - November 2 Vintage Cards and Handkerchiefs
Before modern technology people communicated by writing letters and sending cards. Letters and cards were personal, unique to individuals, took time and often included small gifts such as handkerchiefs.

November 20 - January 3  Christmas Time Celebration - Antique Toys
In a simpler time children woke up on Christmas morning to handmade toys, beautiful dolls and models of farm animals. The museum will feature antique toys on loan from local collectors. Each room of the house will be decorated to reflect a turn of the century Christmas.

(Special event information can be found on Exhibits & Events page.)

 

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Mrs. Albert Dale, Jr.

Amelia Saulsbury

American State Bank

Faye Roper

First Basin Credit Union

Hill's Specialty

Industrial Communications, Inc.

Judy & Dennis Williams

Manuel's Odessa Tortillas & Tamale Factory, Inc.

McGuire Industries, Inc.

NAPA Auto & Truck Parts

Raeanne & Gilbert Martinez

Rosa's Cafe

Willis Permian Movers, Inc.

Volunteer or Join White-Pool House Friends

Contact us about volunteer or sponsor opportunities.

Become a member by sending $25.00 dues to:

White-Pool House Friends
112 E. Murphy St.
Odessa, TX. 79761
info@whitepoolhouse.org

432-333-4072

Rent Our Barn for Your Event

Our barn has all the ammenities you need to host your next event. Contact us for more information to rent the barn.