Who doesn’t love a front porch? A cheerful place to relax on the swing with a refreshing cold drink. Wave to the neighbors taking an evening stroll, greet the mailman, watch a child shakily ride down the sidewalk on a new bike. Who doesn’t love a porch? Me, many days. I have 19 of them here at the village to maintain, and doing so leaves me little time for swinging or sipping or waving. A porch is basically a room with no exterior walls. What would happen if we took the exterior wall off of one of your rooms? Before you proclaim the joys of fresh air and sunshine, consider rain, snow, sleet and hail, birds and bees and rotten fruit bouncing off of trees. See the floor buckle and pop, the wood rot and collapse. Look, a visitor approaches, to put a foot through that ..
On January 19, 1966, a group of women met and organized the Dallas County Heritage Society to save Millermore, the largest remaining antebellum home in Dallas County. Though formed to save just one remarkable house, this group went on to save, move and restore almost 30 historic structures at City Park, creating the museum you know today as Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park. (/images/postimages/02-16-1972-photo-by-lee-langum.jpg) From the Millermore front porch, February 16, 1972 As historians, we’re pretty good at remembering important dates (though it would have been much more clever if I had posted this entry two days ago, on the 49th anniversary of DCHS getting the restraining order to stop the demolition of Millermore), but we don’t always tal ..
It is very easy to be swept up in the history of Dallas and our historic buildings when thinking about Dallas Heritage Village. Many times you find yourself learning about the past, the stories of those who have come before us. Yet, there is a way for your history to be a part of our history. Graduations, reunions, weddings, and anniversaries are often historic and momentous events themselves and hosting such an event on our iconic grounds adds an element of the past to your festivities. In turn, your events add to the developing story and history of the Village. This past Spring and Summer were filled with families starting new chapters of their lives together while leaving their mark on us. There is a rich and intertwining history of rentals at our museum and we would love f ..
As a living history museum, a large portion of our space is outdoors. That means when the lovely Texas weather is unbearably hot or frigidly cold, it is often a challenge to attract visitors. The same goes for rain as most people want to find nice, indoor activities to partake of when it is raining. What most people don’t realize, however, is that you can still enjoy plenty of outdoor activity and our Village no matter what the weather decides to be that day (or that hour here in Texas). Here is your “How-to” guide on enjoying the Village in the rain: First, make sure not to think of our facility as entirely outdoors. We have 18 historic buildings that are open during public hours that you may tour and explore, inside! Sure, you need to walk to and from e ..
In 1974, the staff and volunteers of Old City Park built our reproduction Victorian bandstand, and since that time, it’s been a visual centerpiece of the museum. (/images/postimages/cl1979_0231.jpg) Candlelight 1979 (http://dhvblog.org/2012/12/20/supporting-the-bandstand/pdk_mg_3374/) One of our all time favorite “pretty” shots. By volunteer photgrapher Priscilla Killion For decades, it was the main image of our logo. (/images/postimages/ocp-pc-2871.jpg) It’s been an important part of various museum events and activities. (http://dhvblog.org/2012/12/20/supporting-the-bandstand/camp_2005_111/) A camp activity in 2005 (http://dhvblog.org/2012/12/20/supporting-the-bandstand/pps_2011_dt0034/) Using the bandsta ..