Log Cabin Village: A Living History Museum

A photo of the one-room Tompkins Cabin from Weatherford in Parker County. Pictured is Paul Dietz, thankful for preservation, in front of his ancestors’ home, which would be his great, great, great, great grandparents. (Photo courtesy Mandi Dietz)

By Mandi Dietz

Across the street from Fort Worth Zoo, near Texas Christian University, and across Interstate 30 from the Japanese Garden, Kimbell Art Museum and Will Rogers Memorial Center, the Log Cabin Village brings the 19th century to life.

With characters in costume with stories to tell and a collection of historical buildings, visitors can step back in time Tuesday through Sunday and explore what it’s like to live in the mid to late 1800s, from attending school to blacksmith craftsmanship and everyday living in a one room home.

There’s an herb garden dedicated to both native growth and those the settlers either brought to Texas, traded for or purchased.

The Marine School, built by the Marine Creek Community and originally located in north Fort Worth, is a one-room schoolhouse with handmade benches, a teacher’s desk, blackboard walls and minimal decor, which resembles rural education of this time.


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