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Located in a very woodsy section of Trinity Park, this 19th-century grouping of log cabins is a true delight. The seven fully restored cabins originated in the 1850s. Volunteers who run the operation are adept at giving demonstrations of everyday activities from days gone by including corn grinding, candle dipping, spinning and weaving. Special programs such as pioneer pastimes are often held, showing children how people lived in pioneer times with examples of art, crafts and other displays. Check the website for admission prices and more.
Leonard's Department Store was a landmark in Fort Worth and even had it own subway! Such was the popularity of this one-stop shopping center from 1918 to 1967 that going to this place was a favorite family event during the weekends. The M&O had the distinction of being the only private subway of the world. Marvin and Obie Leonard were the brothers behind this success story before any mall had taken over the city. Get to their fascinating history in the Leonard's Department Store Museum. Displays showcasing the objects that used to be put up on sale, artifacts, the restored subway and more will take you through a journey that was a part of the city's history and pride. Run by the Leonard family, it is a fitting ode to a wonderful piece of history.
Founded in 1975 in the small panhandle town of Hereford, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame offers a distinct perspective on the role of women in the West. Beginning in the settling days and progressing through to modern times, this collection is the only one in the world dedicated to the lives of these exemplary women. More than 140 women are currently honored, while new honorees are added each year. Most notable are artist Georgia O'Keefe, singer Patsy Cline, actress Dale Evans Rogers, hatmaker Sheila Graves Kirkpatrick and barrel racer Martha Josey. The museum relocated to Fort Worth in the early 1990s in order to reach more people.
The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is a museum that exhibits cowboy memorabilia from way back. It also hosts educational events about cowboy folklore around campfires. The National Day of American Cowboy festivities is also held here. The museum has a large collection of lifestyle wagons, buggies and other exciting exhibits. The Chisholm Trail Collection exhibits interesting cowboy artifacts and items. You can have your photo taken in the Jersey Lily photo parlor or pick up a souvenir from their gift shop. School and group educational tours are regularly arranged for.
Opened in January, 2006, the Texas Civil War Museum is the largest Civil War museum west of the Mississippi River with over 15,000 square feet (1393 square meters) of exhibit space. In addition to the different galleries, the museum features a small movie theater where the film Our Home Our Rights, an informative look at the Civil War with an emphasis on Texas, plays for interested museum-goers. There is also a gift shop on hand so you can take a reminder of your visit here home with you.