Tour farm & farm museums in DFW: a guide to farms, farm museums, working farms , antique farm implements, farm history and old farmsteads in Dallas & Fort Worth, Texas area.
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|A.W. Perry Homestead Museum Ten
room home and outbuildings that were built in 1909 by the Perry's, some of the area's
earliest settlers. Furnished with antiques, including antique farm implements in barn.
Housed on ten acres with walking trails.
1509 N Perry Carrollton
Collin County Farm Museum and Youth
Park Now under a rental situation. Call before
traveling there. Located on 83 acres, the museum depicts agricultural history with a
restored farmhouse, restored granary, farm machinery, and various artifacts. See early
tractors, a windmill, a 1936 truck, even a boll weevil machine. It is adjacent to Collin
County Youth Park which has a home economics building, a show barn and horse barn. You
will also find Myer's Woods, 35 wooded acres with hiking trails.
Farmer's Market Four blocks of
downtown Dallas devoted to fruits, vegetables, honey, nuts, plants, flowers, cheese, etc.
A site to see as well as an excellent weekly habit for a balanced diet. In addition to
developing good diet habits, your family will learn to check for produce quality and
ripeness as well as learning when certain produce is harvested. It is a good idea to ask
for prices before looking too interested here, as some vendors' prices seem to fluctuate
by the expression on your face. Various vendors offer a taste and you can easily eat a
meal of fruit as you walk. Not all of the vendors grow their own produce as most are
locals who sell purchased produce, and not all of the purchased produce is particularly
fresh. Some, like Ms. Sides, the 'pea lady' from Canton, are 'real' farmers. The 'real'
farmers have produce that appears fresh and usually do NOT have a large variety of
produce. Best when visited early morning in summer. Great people watching spot!
Heritage Farmstead and Museum This
four acre museum, restored two-story Victorian farm home, and 12 restored outbuildings
were once part of the 360 acre blackland prairie farm owned by Dudley and Ammie Wilson at
the turn of the century. Start with an orientation film explaining what farm life was like
from the turn of the century until the tractor was invented. Then tour the farmhome, built
in 1891, and the outbuildings to make the Wilson's farm life come alive for you. See
Aimmie's loom, the woodburning stove, period toys, and other items inside. Outside see the
horse-drawn carriage, Model T truck, windmill, smokehouse, corncrib, and broodhouse for
chickens. The livestock area is home to sheep, rabbits, a cow and a donkey. In the spring
various crops are planted. Costumed tour guides explain farm life as it once was. Items
are changed throughout the farm to reflect the seasons or holidays. Children's and adult's
classes. Memberships are available and members are admitted free. Party barn for rent. The
Country Store has children's toys and books, history-related gifts, and items made by
craftsmen on the farm.
Joe Pool Lake John Penn's farm,
dating back to 1884 is maintained by Cedar Hill State Park. Exhibits housed in the 1918
barn include a Model T garage, plus two granaries. State park day-use entry fees apply to
touring the farm. The dam is a good place to rollerblade and bicycle. Reach dam: From I-20
go south on FM 1382 for 3 miles. Turn right to go to dam at microwave tower. Drive to
barricade and park. OK to cross barricade and reach dam according to Corp of Engineers
Ray Roberts Lake Not
open to public The Jones Farm,
located in the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park is available for tour.
This farm was first settled by Jackson Jones in the 1850s and contains an 1898 farm house,
a chicken house, a log crib, and barns. The Jones family farmed their acreage until 1984.
State park day-use entry fees apply to touring the farm. Lake Ray Roberts, on the Elm Fork
of the Trinity River, has served as a study area for wetlands and the environment.
Closed by City of Dallas
340 acre working farm
with domestic animals, barnyard petting zoo, playground, fishing, hiking, picnicing,
bicycling, horseback riding. Domestic animals include goats, sheep, cows, pigs, and
chickens. Five stocked ponds and beautiful wooded trails. Ride your own horse here. Kids
can examine and climb on preserved farm equipment. Operated like a turn-of-century farm.
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