Discovering Texas’ Past – Log Cabins of the Lone Star State

Tell the kids to load their Lincoln Logs in the car, and visit one of these authentic Texas Log Cabins.  Spread a blanket under the biggest tree you can find and let them duplicate some real history!  Many offer annual events with costumed docents, teaching pioneering necessities, such as candle-making and gardening.

 

Log Cabin Village
Fort Worth, Tx.

Nestled among the trees, right off University in the Museum District of Fort Worth is the Log Cabin Village.  Approximately ten log cabins have been brought to the site, and have been preserved to recreate an authentic step back in time.  Demonstrators in period clothing are on hand to explain different activities settlers in Texas would have spent their time pursueing, such as gardening, candle making, and spinning.  Upcoming seasonal special events include a Frontier Fall Festival and Holiday at the Hearth.  Click HERE for more information.

Lexington Log Cabins
Lexington, TX. 

East of Austin, in the little town of Lexington, sits the Lexington Log Cabin & Heritage Center.  Located in the center of town, it contains two circa 1850 logs cabins exhibiting pioneer furnishing.  A corncrib is also on display, which stores 18th century tools and implements.  Group tours by appointment are hosted by costumed docents with demonstrations of pioneer crafts. The town of Lexington boast the annual Chocolate Lover’s Festival in mid October, which includes a chocolate themed Fear Factor contest!
http://lexingtonlogcabins.org/home

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Old Fort Parker
Groesbeck

Dating back to 1836, when one of the most famous Indian attacks in Texas happened, the abduction of Cynithia Parker.  The wife of Chief Peta Nocona, she later became the mother of the one of the last great Warrior Chief of Comanches, Quanah Parker.
Step back in time and try to recapture the atmosphere of that fateful spring morning in 1836 as you explore the cabins and climb the blockhouses of Old Fort Parker,
Annual events include trail rides, monthly shoots, Defend Fort Parker, and the Annual Christmas at the Fort Festival, Pow Wow and Rendezvous.   Click HERE for more information.
Visit nearby Fort Parker State Park, in Mexia, located on the Navasota River.  Enjoy a leisurely canoe trip along the Limestone Bluffs Paddling Trail to the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site.  Canoes are available for rent in the park.  http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/fort_parker/

Jonas Davis Cabin at Heritage Park
Livingston

Open for tours Saturdays from July to September.  http://cityoflivingston-tx.com/

Visit the nearby Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation in early June for their Annual Pow Wow.  Take the kids fishing at  Lake Tombigbee Campgrounds, and stay in an authentic teepee.  RV, tent and cabins are also available.
http://www.ac-tribe.com/ac/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Walton-Smith Log Cabin @ The Pioneer Museum
Fredericksburg

Visit this 1880’s historic log cabin, and the Pioneer Museum, on Tuesdays-Sundays.  Annual events include Founders Day, Log Cabin Days and the Roots Music Series.  Enjoy storytellers in period clothing and children’s activities including apple head dolls.  http://pioneermuseum.net/default.htm


Help celebrate the 10th season of the popular Roots Music Series!  Five outdoor concerts under the trees on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum, featuring good music, good food, and great fun! Plus a bonus Roots Indoor Encore in the Fall. Kids under 18 are FREE. 
  
Listen to emerging and established artists at these live, outdoor concerts. Dance on the new side stage dance floor under the trees. Dine on some of the best cooking in the county, with your favorite beer, wine, and soft drink. Every month brings a different genre and menu.
http://pioneermuseum.net/roots-music.htm

Granbury Log Cabins – Texas Heritage Guesthouse
Granbury  

Spend a weekend surrounded with history in this relocated 1867 dogtrot style log home.  Modern conveniences make this a comfortable stay.  Enjoy sitting on the porch and watching the stars in the Texas sky….. just as they did over 140 years ago!
http://granbury-log-cabins.com/default.htm
Nearby attractions include the historic town of Granbury, which offers a sandy city beach on Lake Granbury, ghost tours in the town square and the Brazos Drive In, showing current release movies.  http://www.granburytx.com/

The Witte Museum
San Antonio

The backyard at the Witte in San Antonio is filled with old homes from around the San Antonio area.  Tour the log cabins, then try to build your own in the hands-on little log cabin exhibit.  Hand made little log replicas are used to create a one of a kind interactive experience.
http://www.wittemuseum.org/index.php/exhibits/longterm/63-logcabins

Torian Log Cabin
Grapevine

Historical Marker reads:
This cabin of hand-hewn logs was built along a creek at the edge of the Cross Timbers near the pioneer community of Dove. It originally stood on a headright settled in 1845 by Francis Throop, a Peters colonist from Missouri. J.C.Wiley bought the property in 1868. He sold it in 1886 to John R. Torian (1836-1909), a farmer from Kentucky. Torian family members occupied the structure until the 1940s. The cabin was moved about four miles to this site in 1976.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1978

http://www.grapevinetexas.gov/IndividualDepartments/ParksandRecreation/Parks.aspx
Enjoy the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, and Puffy, the 1896 Steam Engine, which runs along the historic Cotton Belt Route to the Stockyards in Fort Worth. For scheduling and prices;  https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/ThingsToDo/GrapevineVintageRailroad/tabid/267/Default.aspx

Moriah – Authentic Log Cabin Compound
Lake Travis
Sitting on three acres, the Moriah Vacation Compound is perfect for large groups or family reunions.  The cabins, all over 100 years old,  have been relocated and restored, offering a historical feel with modern conveniences.
To book your pioneer getaway, or for more information:

http://www.vrbo.com/71848

Fernland Historical Park
Montgomery, TX. 

The Fernland Historical Park is a project to bring historic log homes and examples of early architecture together to create a unique attraction and learning experience. The park will be located within the heart of the City of Montgomery Texas.
http://fernlandmontgomery.com/

Holland Lake Park
Weatherford

Two log cabins, which were awarded a Texas Centennial Historical Marker in 1936, grace the grounds of historic Holland Lake Park, which also offers fishing, a playground and a pavillion.  For a “big adventure”, stop by the library at 1214 Charles St. to see the bronze sculpture of Peter Pan.  The statue, by Ronald Thomason, honors Weatherford native Mary Martin, who portrayed the boy who wouldn’t grow up, on Broadway.  http://www.ci.weatherford.tx.us/index.aspx?NID=461

Madison Log Cabin
Austin

Built in 1863 by pioneer homesteader Henry G. Madison, this preserved log cabin was relocated to Rosewood Park and now serves as a museum for historic relics and documents of Austin’s Black heritage.  http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/rosewood.htm

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