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“A fun walk back in history” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Log Cabin Village

Log Cabin Village
Ranked #18 of 148 things to do in Fort Worth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Today, each of the historic structures, furnished with authentic artifacts, provides a vivid look at life in the nineteenth century North Texas frontier. Each log house displays different aspect of pioneer life. The exhibits include a water-powered gristmill, a one-room schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, an herb garden, and several log home settings. Historical interpreters, who are City of Fort Worth staff and volunteers, depict the lifestyle of the people who lived and settled the area in the mid to late 1800s.
Dallas, Texas
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145 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“A fun walk back in history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

The log cabin village is not open in the evenings, their hours are 9 - 5PM during weekdays, and 1 - 5 PM Sat and Sun, the gate closes at 4:30. It is across the street from the Fort Worth Zoo, tucked away on the side of a hill with many shade trees. There is sufficient parking. The entrance is through the General Store, were various items made at the village such as corn husk dolls, walking sticks, etc. There is a nominal fee for visitors.

The park is laid out in a large triangle, with buildings along the way, mostly shade and a gentle slope up/down the hill. It was a pleasant outing on a hot afternoon. The walkways are typically gravel, if you are visiting with someone who is in a wheelchair or scooter, the path may be difficult to navigate. I saw an older woman trying to push her elderly mother and it was doable, but clearly a chore, so be please be forewarned. There are bathrooms in the form of Port-A-Potties hidden by a wooden wall. There was at least one working water fountain on the path. The buildings are authenticate log buildings.
There are docents at every building who are glad to chat and explain the history of the building as well as the items. They were very knowledgable, and talked rather than lectured, as though this was the first time they have ever been asked this question, when I'm sure they had answered the question at least a hundred times. In one cabin, there was a large number of items where children were encouraged to touch and play.

During our visit, it was the Fall Festival. There were two cowboys with hay bale 'calves' teaching children how to throw a rope. There were flint knappers making arrow heads and strikers. You could learn how to make a corn husk doll by purchasing the arms at the entrance, and the ladies demonstrating how to make the doll were very patient and very well prepared to help children.

The old school house has folding chairs set up with a band playing civil war music. I understand that folding chairs are not period, but really, does this matter for the comfort to the visitor wanting to sit and listen for a few minutes? I think not, but I did read a few reviews where this was critisized. I let the reader know about this, lest the sight of a modern chair crushes your expectations.

The blacksmith was making a brand, and explaining branding and how to overbrand, I thought his talk was fascinating.

There is an herb garden that we wandered through, abuzz with butterflies and bees. I had a mystery plant come up in my garden, and there it was in the herb garden, so now its been identified. The woman attending to the herb drying was extremely helpful.

The gristmill is at the top, and you can watch the waterwheel on the outside and the corn being ground on the inside.

It took us a little over an hour to complete the walk.

I've been to many of these historic villages, and this is the best. Frederick OK second, Grayson County third, and do not bother to go to the Maybourne.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank dagmara56
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Euless, Texas
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31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“More wonderful History of the Prairie”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

This is a great place to visit so that you can see what life was like 100 to 150 years go. It's very educational as well. Children and adults alike can see a horse being shod or watch local craftpersons making their crafts. Often times, old timey musicians are there to perform the music of days gone by.
This is a wonderful place to visit.

Visited September 2011
Thank Laura B
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Fort Worth
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Very educational for the kids”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

As a kid I used to love going herre to see the way people lived on the plains. You never really have an idea of just how hard it was back then. We take our kids here too. I remember it being a bit more attractive when there were more volunteers involved.

Visited October 2011
Thank Anthony A
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Dallas, Texas
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39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Family fun at log cabin village.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

After years of living in this area, we finally made the trek to log cabin village. We are really glad we did. The kids(and parents) enjoyed this stroll through an authentic log cabin village. The guides provided great information. Plan to spend one hour, at the most, unless they are having a special celebration.

Visited March 2012
Thank Terry M
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Aledo, TX
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82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Fantastic Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

So much fun to see actual people doing chores and professions of an earlier time. It may not be open all of the time. Be sure and call. We went with a school group.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank aledo99
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