Farmers Branch Historical Park

Farmers Branch Historical Park The Historical Park is an open air museum that traces 175 years of Farmers Branch and North Texas history. Welcoming approximately 100,000 visitors a year, we offer tours, educational programs, special events and lectures.
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On this day in 1862, the first battle between ironclad ships during the Civil War took place....However, it was also the...
03/09/2020

On this day in 1862, the first battle between ironclad ships during the Civil War took place.

...However, it was also the last battle between two ironclad ships during the Civil War. It turns out that covering your ship in armor makes it pretty tough to damage. The fight ended in a draw and the U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia both went their separate ways.

First Friday: Silly Snakes!  is happening now! Bring your kiddo out until 12PM for a morning of fun! #sillysnakes #presc...
03/06/2020

First Friday: Silly Snakes! is happening now! Bring your kiddo out until 12PM for a morning of fun! #sillysnakes #preschool #museum #fun

There's still time to slither on down for our First Friday - Silly Snakes! on Friday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. We'l...
03/04/2020

There's still time to slither on down for our First Friday - Silly Snakes! on Friday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. We'll be having snake-themed crafts, a scavenger hunt, and other exciting activities! Register your child now: http://bit.ly/FFSillySnakes

03/03/2020

The Star Party scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to cloud cover. Please join us on Thursday, March 5 at 6 pm.

Oh say can you see that on this day in 1931 President Hoover signed a bill making the Star Spangled Banner our national ...
03/03/2020

Oh say can you see that on this day in 1931 President Hoover signed a bill making the Star Spangled Banner our national anthem?

Camping Under the Stars is now SOLD OUT! There are still spots left for the VIP experience however!! Register now before...
03/02/2020
VIP Nature Experience

Camping Under the Stars is now SOLD OUT! There are still spots left for the VIP experience however!! Register now before those sell out too!

Want to learn more about nature around you? Join Steve Romaine, Master Naturalist for an all-age nature walk. Join us as we discover the different plant and animal species in the Historical Park. Nature enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to participate. Guests are invited t...

On this day in 1692, Sarah Goode, Sarah Osbourne, and Tituba were arrested for the practice of witchcraft in Salem, Mass...
03/01/2020

On this day in 1692, Sarah Goode, Sarah Osbourne, and Tituba were arrested for the practice of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. Hysteria had broken out through the area, causing innocent lives to be taken due to the colonists' resentment of their neighbors and fear of outsiders. About 20 supposed "witches" were hanged during these trials, with about another 150 accused. By the end of the year, public opinion began to turn against the trials, and many of these potential "witches" were able to continue their lives with no magic involved.

Girl Scout World Thinking Day Patch Workshops 2020
02/27/2020

Girl Scout World Thinking Day Patch Workshops 2020

Our last post of the month for Black History Month and the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage is a very important one...
02/27/2020

Our last post of the month for Black History Month and the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage is a very important one. We hope to honor the memory of Barbara Jordan, an extremely influential politician and civil rights leader from Texas.

Jordan became the first ever African-American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, and the first Southern African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives.

During her political career, she supported many extremely important movements, such as legislation that required banks to make services available to minority communities. She also supported the renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and an expansion of it that would also apply to cover language minorities. This had a huge impact on Hispanic communities in Texas, as well as Native American, Asian American, and Alaskan Natives across the country.

She has been awarded the Presidential Medal of freedom for her accomplishments over the course of her career, and has been inducted into both the Texas and National Women's Halls of Fame.

Slither up to the Historical Park with your preschooler for our First Friday: Silly Snakes! Tickets are still available ...
02/26/2020
First Friday: Silly Snakes

Slither up to the Historical Park with your preschooler for our First Friday: Silly Snakes! Tickets are still available for this fun morning of crafts, activities, and a snack on March 7th!

Congratulations to Brookhaven Country Club the 2020 recipients of the Witness to History Award.
02/25/2020

Congratulations to Brookhaven Country Club the 2020 recipients of the Witness to History Award.

On this day in 1836, Samuel Colt patented the first revolving cylinder multi-shot firearm. The legacy of his firearms co...
02/25/2020

On this day in 1836, Samuel Colt patented the first revolving cylinder multi-shot firearm. The legacy of his firearms company continues today with extremely popular weapons like the M1911 which has been used by servicemen for over a century.

Calling all Girl Scouts to help us celebrate this spring break! On Thursday, March 12, we will be hosting a Girl Scouts ...
02/24/2020
Farmers Branch Historical Park

Calling all Girl Scouts to help us celebrate this spring break!

On Thursday, March 12, we will be hosting a Girl Scouts Birthday Bash in the Park! We will be taking donations items for our birthday box project.

In the spirit of the 100th anniversary of women's sufferage, we will be hosting a Girl Scouts She-roes Workshop on Thursday, March 19!

Each workshop is $15 per scout and includes a badge!

Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! We will have our Girl Scout Birthday Bash Celebration on March 12th. Please bring one of the...
02/24/2020
Girl Scout Birthday Bash in the Park

Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! We will have our Girl Scout Birthday Bash Celebration on March 12th. Please bring one of the following items for donation to our birthday box project benefiting Metrocrest Services; cake mix, icing, candles, napkins, plates, table cloths, horns, party decorations, and party prizes. Sign up your Girl Scout using the link below!

Join the Farmers Branch Historical Park for a morning celebration, crafts, swaps and more. Registration includes the Girl Scout Birthday Bash 2020 patch! Please bring one of the following items for donation to our birthday box project benefitting Metrocrest Services; cake mix, icing, candles, napkin...

Now one of the most famous American war-time photographs of all time, the raising of the American flag by U.S. Marines a...
02/23/2020

Now one of the most famous American war-time photographs of all time, the raising of the American flag by U.S. Marines at Iwo Jima occurred on this day in 1945.

The Historical Park is closed today and will re-open on Monday at 8 am. Exciting things are coming up, please be sure to...
02/23/2020

The Historical Park is closed today and will re-open on Monday at 8 am. Exciting things are coming up, please be sure to check out our events tab.

Today's Suffrage and Civil Rights story is all about Maude Edith Sampson of El Paso.While El Paso is quite far from our ...
02/20/2020

Today's Suffrage and Civil Rights story is all about Maude Edith Sampson of El Paso.

While El Paso is quite far from our North Texas city, it was actually the first Texas home of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP. This chapter was formed in 1914, during the height of the suffrage movement in Texas.

Maude Sampson served as the President of the El Paso Colored Women's Club and member of the El Paso NAACP. In 1918, she was ecstatic over Texas women earning their right to vote in the upcoming Texas primary election. She wrote a letter to the National American Women Suffrage Association asking how her own organization could assist.

Unfortunately, the NAWSA essentially ignored her attempts to help. Relationships between women of black and white communities were still extremely uneasy at this point. Sampson did her best to convince the county chairman of the Democratic Party to utilize African-American women as clerks for the upcoming election. She was declined, and white women were chosen instead.

Sampson was disappointed. She was attempting to earn the right to vote for all women. White women often nowadays get cited as the heroes of the Suffrage movement, but little to no attention is given to the African-American women who fought just as hard and were often unheard

Maude Sampson fought for women all cross Texas, white or black. Eventually her organization would attempt to remove the whites-only primary election law in Texas, leading to its demise in the 1940s. Her strong leadership and will had led to a strong organization that continued in her legacy. It would take them years to get this major victory, but it was felt throughout the black community in Texas.

Is your Girl Scout a She-Ro? If so- you need to be at our Girl Scouts She-Roes event on March 19th! Sign up now!
02/19/2020
SHE-roes: Celebrating Women

Is your Girl Scout a She-Ro? If so- you need to be at our Girl Scouts She-Roes event on March 19th! Sign up now!

In the spirit of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, join us at the Historical Park as we celebrate our She-roes! Enjoy fun activities and crafts as you earn your patch to commemorate a girl scout hero and founder that made history. Bring a pair of new or gently used shoes to donate to Soles4...

On this day in 1909, Apache leader Geronimo died at the age of 80 years old at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. A well respected lea...
02/17/2020

On this day in 1909, Apache leader Geronimo died at the age of 80 years old at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. A well respected leader, his name now has an odd use - it is often yelled when making a jump.

The phrase is rumored to have originated from a U.S. parachute unit training in the 1940s. After going to town to see a film about Geronimo, one young Private wanted to yell something ridiculous before his first jump. He chose the name of the character they had just seen last night. The phrase quickly caught on with other parachute units, and then spread to the public.

The Historical Park is closed today and will re-open on Monday at 8 am. Exciting things are coming up, please be sure to...
02/16/2020

The Historical Park is closed today and will re-open on Monday at 8 am. Exciting things are coming up, please be sure to check out our events tab.

There's sssss-till time to sign up your preschooler for our First Friday: Silly Snakes! Enjoy an afternoon full of snake...
02/15/2020
First Friday: Silly Snakes

There's sssss-till time to sign up your preschooler for our First Friday: Silly Snakes! Enjoy an afternoon full of snake themed crafts, activities, and a snack!

Happy Valentine's Day! We hope no one sent you a "vinegar" Valentine.. Vinegar Valentines were a Victorian tradition of ...
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day! We hope no one sent you a "vinegar" Valentine.. Vinegar Valentines were a Victorian tradition of sending friends (or foes!) mean-spirited, teasing cards meant to mock the recipient.

Today we wish to talk about the Texas Women's Christian Temperance Union and the contributions of Eliza E. Peterson.Duri...
02/13/2020

Today we wish to talk about the Texas Women's Christian Temperance Union and the contributions of Eliza E. Peterson.

During the late 1800s in Texas, the women's suffrage movement was severely lacking. Even among many women, there was a desire to not disturb the status quo of having men make all of the decisions.

The WCTU stepped in to alleviate some of these issues, and encouraged Texas women to fight for their right to vote. Many Texas suffrage organizations at the time such as the Dallas Equal Suffrage Association intentionally ignored the rights of African-African women. Their excuse was that they could only focus on one issue at a time.

However, in 1908, the WCTU decided to bring on Eliza E. Peterson of Texarkana, who became the head of the state's colored division of the WCTU. African-American women were now finally being included in the debate. By 1913, over 5,000 African-Americans were involved in the WCTU. That might not sound like much to us nowadays, but at that time it was a huge step for African-American rights.

Peterson began touring not only across the state of Texas, but also nationwide. She promoted both women's suffrage and temperance, finally giving African-American women in Texas a voice. This voice had long been extinguished in the South, and it was finally time for it to rise.

Don't be late... there are still tickets left for our Mad Hatter Tea on March 7th! Use the link below to reserve your sp...
02/12/2020
Mad Hatter Tea

Don't be late... there are still tickets left for our Mad Hatter Tea on March 7th! Use the link below to reserve your spot, by order of the Queen of Hearts!

Please don't be late for this very important date! By order of the Queen of Hearts, you are invited to a Mad Hatter Tea, a curious tea party featuring lunch, dessert, tea, lemonade and a picture with Lewis Carroll's, Alice through the Looking Glass characters. "Every adventure requires a first step....

On this day in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence. He later went on...
02/11/2020

On this day in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence. He later went on to help end Apartheid and became the first black head of state in South Africa.

On this day in 1942, Ford halted all work on civilian automobile production and shifted to airplanes. The U.S. war machi...
02/10/2020

On this day in 1942, Ford halted all work on civilian automobile production and shifted to airplanes. The U.S. war machine was in full swing. Somehow, the company finished one B-24 Liberator (pictured below) every 63 minutes.

The Historical Park is closed today and will re-open on Monday at 8 am. Exciting things are coming up, please be sure to...
02/09/2020

The Historical Park is closed today and will re-open on Monday at 8 am. Exciting things are coming up, please be sure to check out our events tab.

We will be celebrating Black History Month each Thursday by recognizing and acknowledging influential black Texan women ...
02/06/2020

We will be celebrating Black History Month each Thursday by recognizing and acknowledging influential black Texan women involved in supporting both African-American and womens' rights.

The Texas Federation of Colored Women's Clubs was organized in 1905 by Mrs. M.E.Y. Moore from Gainesville. Tired of African-American women being excluded from The Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, Mrs. Moore took it upon herself to make sure that the black community had their own voice.

Inspired by the TFWC's motto, "Lifting As We Climb," Moore encouraged her organization to improve their community by sponsoring cultural and educational programming.

When the U.S. entered World War I in 1917, the organization supported the war effort by donating supplies to the American Red Cross and providing recreational programs for servicemen. African-American soldiers at the time were segregated by regiment, but still were eager to fight for their country.

That same year, The Texas Federation of Colored Women's Clubs formally endorsed women's right to vote. Unfortunately, the racist views of the time prevented them from being able to fully support their white counterparts.

Tensions between both white and black suffragists eventually improved, and in 1956 The Texas Federation of Colored Women's Clubs simply became The Texas Association of Women's Clubs. Mrs. Moore inspired her community to fight back against inequality in both gender and race, and many owe thanks to her organization's efforts.

Special thanks to our Master Naturalist Steve Romaine for leading this walk, and Home Depot for hosting an amazing works...
02/04/2020

Special thanks to our Master Naturalist Steve Romaine for leading this walk, and Home Depot for hosting an amazing workshop!

Special thanks to our Master Naturalist Steve Romaine for leading this walk, and Home Depot for hosting an amazing workshop!

On this day in 1889, Harry Longabaugh was released from Sundance Prison in Wyoming, earning him the nickname that most p...
02/04/2020

On this day in 1889, Harry Longabaugh was released from Sundance Prison in Wyoming, earning him the nickname that most people recognize him by, The Sundance Kid. Longabaugh was notoriously known for being a member of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch of outlaws in the American West.

On this day in 1912, many of the rules in American Football became modernized: the field was shortened to 100 yards, the...
02/03/2020

On this day in 1912, many of the rules in American Football became modernized: the field was shortened to 100 yards, there were now 4 downs instead of 3, touchdowns became 6 points instead of 5, and the kickoff was moved from midfield to the 40 yard line.

The Historical Park is closed today and will re-open on Monday at 8 am. Exciting things are coming up, please be sure to...
02/02/2020

The Historical Park is closed today and will re-open on Monday at 8 am. Exciting things are coming up, please be sure to check out our events tab.

On this day in 1844, Richard Theodore Greener was born. Greener became the first African American student to graduate fr...
01/30/2020

On this day in 1844, Richard Theodore Greener was born. Greener became the first African American student to graduate from Harvard University and later went on to become to Dean of Howard University School of Law.

Thank you to all who joined us for our January First Friday! Special thanks to Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD for joining...
01/28/2020

Thank you to all who joined us for our January First Friday! Special thanks to Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD for joining us!

Thank you to all who joined us for our January First Friday! Special thanks to Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD for joining us!

On this day in 1825, Congress approved Indian Territory in present day Oklahoma, beginning the forced relocation of East...
01/27/2020

On this day in 1825, Congress approved Indian Territory in present day Oklahoma, beginning the forced relocation of Eastern Native Americans, such as the Cherokee. This relocation would become known as the Trail of Tears.

Many local North Texas tribes such as the Caddo and Comanche were also forced to relocate to Oklahoma. The Caddo were promised reimbursement for willingly moving. Many of them never received a cent. Many Texas Comanche refused to leave and instead opted to stay and fight. The few survivors ultimately ended up being resettled to Oklahoma as well.

Inside the newly formed reservations, conditions were horrible, and tribes who despised each other were often forced to live next to one another as neighbors. The aftermath created by the reservations and treatment of the various Native American tribes is an issue that is still being dealt with today.

The Historical Park is closed today and will re-open on Monday at 8 am. Exciting things are coming up, please be sure to...
01/26/2020

The Historical Park is closed today and will re-open on Monday at 8 am. Exciting things are coming up, please be sure to check out our events tab.

On this day in 1848, gold was discovered by James Wilson Marshall at the American River near Coloma, California. By 1849...
01/24/2020

On this day in 1848, gold was discovered by James Wilson Marshall at the American River near Coloma, California. By 1849, desperate settlers ready to get rich rushed West across North America to take part in what was known as the Gold Rush, cementing themselves in history as the 49ers.

Thank you to our wonderful troops, scouts, and moms that attended and assisted with this workshop on January 20, 2020.
01/24/2020

Thank you to our wonderful troops, scouts, and moms that attended and assisted with this workshop on January 20, 2020.

Thank you to our wonderful troops, scouts, and moms that attended and assisted with this workshop on January 20, 2020.

We have some gruesome history for you today!On this day in 1790, a Frenchman proposed a new, more efficient and humane m...
01/21/2020

We have some gruesome history for you today!

On this day in 1790, a Frenchman proposed a new, more efficient and humane method of execution. The morbid creation bore the name of its inventor, Joseph Guillotin, and was designed to execute its victims as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Ashamed by having the machine labeled after himself, Joseph and his family changed their name to avoid their association to the device, still known today as the Guillotine.

The Historical Park is closed today and will re-open on Monday at 8 am. Exciting things are coming up, please be sure to...
01/19/2020

The Historical Park is closed today and will re-open on Monday at 8 am. Exciting things are coming up, please be sure to check out our events tab.

Finally, some more Texas history!On this day in 1836, Jim Bowie arrived at the Alamo to help out the Texan cause. Howeve...
01/18/2020

Finally, some more Texas history!

On this day in 1836, Jim Bowie arrived at the Alamo to help out the Texan cause. However, Bowie became sick and bedridden before the main attack by Santa Anna's army. While the exact cause of his death is unknown, the most popular accounts claim that Bowie was killed by Mexican soldiers after emptying his pistol into several of them.

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2540 Farmers Branch Ln
Farmers Branch, TX
75234

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 18:00
Saturday 12:00 - 18:00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(972) 406-0184

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