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The Farmers Branch Historical Park has provided almost 30 years of quality educational programming and is happy to offer free tours, activities, and educational opportunities to all groups!

We offer programs for public, private, home school, and special needs groups as well as organizations, businesses, and civic leagues. Through guided living history, students become active participants in learning about the past. Tours focus on learning through interactive activities and discussion and can be tailored to meet your needs. All tours are aligned with the TEKS standards and core curriculum guidelines.

A teacher from Coppell ISD recently described our tours: "We always enjoy the rotations every year! The volunteers are wonderful in sharing their passion and knowledge of life long ago. They are patient with our little ones, especially those with special needs. They stick to 20 minute rotations, which are perfect for short attention spans and they provide as much "hands on" as possible in learning."

The Historical Park offers hands on tours for groups of all sizes, although large groups may have to be accommodated on two different days. Generally, hands on tours are given Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday throughout the year. Our tours consist of an orientation in the historic church, followed by guided visits to many of our historic buildings and areas. Guests can chose from the following. Generally we recommend one station per class or per 20 students:

  • 1840s Peters Colony Land Grant Office and 1840s Texas Log House: visit a local homestead and land grant office during the Republic of Texas era
  • Garden: volunteers from the Dallas County Master Gardeners Association help students explore our garden and pick vegetables, plant seeds, turn soil, compost, water the plants, and learn about herbs and early medicines (activities dependent upon season and crops)
  • Dr. Gilbert’s House: groups tour and explore the home of prominent Farmers Branch Citizen, Dr. Samuel Gilbert, learning about medicine in 1872, dogtrot homes, and the community of Farmers Branch
  • Queen Anne Victorian Cottage: groups tour the Park’s most beautiful building, an 1885 Victorian Cottage, and learn about Victorian architecture, customs, and more
  • 1900s One Room School House: students enroll in the original Farmers Branch School House and take a lesson with a teacher from that era
  • 1920s General Store: explore a store from nearly 100 years ago through scavenger hunts, grocery lists, and hands on activities (nothing in this area is for sale, but you are welcome to visit our gift shop after your tour)
  • Victorian Toys and Games: open a Victorian toy chest and play with wooden, fabric, and string toys enjoyed by children generations ago
  • 1877 Train Depot and 1890s Caboose: learn about the history of transportation and communication by touring the historic Farmers Branch depot and caboose
  • 1936 Texaco Service Station: tour an early gas station and learn about our 1936 Cab Over Engine Ford truck

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reserve a tour?

Please contact our Museum Educator, Danielle Brissette, by email or call 972.919.8731 to reserve a tour of the Historical Park. You’ll need to know which dates you’d like to visit, how many will be attending, which areas you’d like to tour, and when you will be visiting the park.

What does a tour cost?

Tours are free and available with reservation.

What about lunch?

We recommend that you bring a packed lunch. The Historical Park does not sell concessions, but we do have a number of picnic areas scattered throughout the Park and numerous trash cans. Please leave any trash in the bins and bags provided and Park staff will dispose of them after you depart.

Can we stop by the gift shop?

Yes! The Historical Park has a gift shop full of historic toys, candies, and other goods. You are welcome to visit the shop after your tour, but you can also order goods through the gift shop prior to your visit to save time or order pre-packed gift bags for your tour group.

How many chaperones should we bring?

The Historical Park requires 1 adult chaperone per 20 students. Additional chaperones are welcome to attend, although space inside the structures is limited and at times they may be asked to wait outside so that the students can participate fully. 

How do I connect our tour to my classroom instruction?

There are a variety of worksheets and activities available for you to download or from the Educational Resources tab to the left of this page. Many of these worksheets are correlated with specific spots or themes encountered during your tour, but many others cover basic elements of Texas history, symbols, pioneer life, and the community of Farmers Branch. 

Is there a tour cancellation policy?

Yes. In the event of poor weather or other circumstances, tours may have to be rescheduled or canceled. Read our full cancellation policy

Can I tell you about our experience at the Historical Park?

Please do! We’d love to hear about your recent tour or experience at the Historical Park. Please fill out a survey to let us know how we can change and improve our tours to suit your needs.

Schedule a Tour
Please contact our Museum Educator, Danielle Brissette, by email or call 972.919.8731 to reserve a tour of the Historical Park.