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Flower Hill Foundation

Flower Hill Foundation


We invite you to take part in something greater!


By donating today you'll help maintain our beautiful homestead, which includes:


  • Three centuries’ worth of furnishings, textiles, and texts

  • A gorgeous Texas wildscape, which is home to six historic out-buildings, ponds, and rockeries

  • The whole Smoot family story—combined with the Flower Hill Foundation’s unique drive to play an active role in the world today, the Foundation will establish an inclusive space where Austin’s fundamental beliefs are celebrated and a culture of creativity and civic mindfulness is cultivated to take on the challenges of the future.

As a preservation site, Flower Hill is providing a living lab for university preservation and curation graduate students. A program to engage and involve local farmers, breweries, and homesteads is underway to revitalize Flower Hill’s heritage gardens and share our produce and rich soil with the greater Austin community, including our food deserts. Arts programing for children and adults is in development, and in the future, all offerings will be geared to encompass those whose income more closely resembles that of the Smoots, who were teachers, journalists, librarians, and reverends. 

As Flower Hill’s story is told largely by women, the Foundation aims to empower young women through education and travel scholarships. Your contributions will make these initiatives possible, and together we will provide Austin the same services and opportunities the Smoot family did throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the twenty-first. 


Flower Hill invites you to become a pioneering founding donor today.   


It is time to begin.


It is time to preserve one of the last urban homesteads left in Austin; a gorgeous wildscape; a theological and law library; several centuries of eclectic effects and ephemera; the wedding parlor in which O. Henry eloped; and a home which after a century’s worth of additions, modifications, and repairs stands as an architectural testament to the dreams and dedication of three generations worth of working class American civil servants. The Smoots, whose legacy of selflessness and care cultivated the culture of Austin today—a legacy we can assure will last well into the future if we work together now.



Let us begin.       

Double Your Donation 

Does your employer match your donations to organizations like ours? You might be eligible for a matching gift. Ask your HR department today if your employer will make your gift have twice the impact.

Employee Matching Gifts are donations a company makes to match its employees’ charitable contributions. Employee matching gifts are typically at a dollar-for-dollar rate but some companies go even further by tripling or quadrupling their employees’ donations!



The Flower Hill Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Operating Private Foundation. Federal Tax ID Number (EIN) 20-0395789

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