Adventures written by the VAMONDE Team
Get a blast from the Dallas past at the Dallas Heritage Village. The Heritage Village motto is to "collect, preserve, and teach the history of Dallas and North Central Texas." They accomplish this through their museum, which showcases a collection of historic buildings and furnishings from the years 1840 to 1910.
Check out an overview of the Heritage Village grounds at Old City Park in this video:
The collection at Dallas Heritage Village contains over 24,000 objects and archival materials related to life during the Dallas frontier days in the 1840s through the end of its early period as a major hub in the early 1900s. Major categories of the collection are Tools and Implements, Furnishings and Domestic Accessories, Photograph Collection, and Postcard Collections. An exhibit called "Neighborhoods We Called Home" showcased the historic neighborhoods of Dallas that served as a support network for African American, Hispanic, and Jewish Dallasites in the early 1900s. Other previous exhibits included "Millermore Exposed" and "Log Cabins: Quilts, Houses and Toys."
Pick up an old skill at the Heritage Village with classes in Blacksmithing! These one or two-day courses allow participants to make nails, a nail header, a high carbon steel punch, and a pair of tongs. Start with building a coal fire and learning the differences between iron, mild, and tool steel. One on one time with an experienced blacksmith will allow you to hone the fundamentals.
The Village is closed during January and August. General Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+, and $6 for children ages 4 through 12 years. Children under 4 and members of Dallas Heritage Village are admitted free of charge.
Cover image courtesy of Dallas Heritage Village.