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Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.
Directions: From I-35. Exit Martin Luther King Blvd., go west 1.2 miles to San Gabriel and turn right..
The House was finished in 1855 by Washington L. Hill on 17.5 acres designated in the original survey of Austin. Abner Cook, the master builder, constructed many Greek Revival Residences in Austin, including the Governor's Mansion. The Neill-Cochran House is built of native limestone with two-story Doric columns across the wide front veranda.
Because of the family's financial difficulties, Mr. and Mrs. Hill never lived in the house. The house was leased to the Texas Asylum for the Blind (the state's first blind school), a lieutenant governor, a former governor, and the U.S. Army. After the War Between the States, the house was used as an army hospital.
In 1876, Colonel Andrew Neill purchased the house. His family lived there until 1893, when Judge T. B. Cochran acquired the property. His family owned the house until 1958 when it was sold to NSCDA Texas.
The Neill-Cochran House Museum opened to the public in 1962, having been furnished by the Texas Society. The Centennial Garden was established in 1998 to mark the 100th birthday of NSCDA in Texas.