Extensive advertising by the Texas
Land and Emigration Company in 1845 through 1850
made this portion of Peters' Colony, perhaps the best
known of all of the Texas settlements at the time.
Many Dallas County firsts are credited
here, including the first church, the
first school, and the first blacksmith
shop. The population in 1946
was about 800 persons the city's enormous growth
parallels most Dallas suburbs. Farmers Branch is the home of 21 Fortune
500 companies as well as Brookhaven College.
The 22-acre, tree-shaded
park opened in 1986 to tout the heritage of Farmers
Branch, which was founded in 1841. You will find the
following historical structures at the park:
The 1856 Gilbert House is the oldest rock structure
in Dallas County still on its original foundation. In 1988,
the Gilbert House was listed in the National Register of Historic
Places and Landmarks. It became a Recorded Texas Historic
Landmark in 1986.
The 1890 Old Church; 1877 Depot and 1890s all-wood
Caboose; 1900 one-room School House; 1840s Log Culture area; 1885 Queen
Anne Victorian Cottage; 1930s replica Marathon Service Station housing a
1936 Ford cab-over-engine truck; and 1937 Dodson House.
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Friday 8:00 am - 6 pm; Sat and Sun: Noon - 6 pm
Park closed: Fridays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
Please call (972) 406-0184 or visit http://www.farmersbranch.info
for tour and special event information.