Friday, August 28, 2009

Help vote us one of the "Best of the Metroplex!"

We need your help to receive the Best of the Metroplex Family Choice Award™! Please nominate us for the "Best Historical Attraction" category on before September 30, 2009. Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bricks and paint and lumber, oh my!

We are officially in day two of our summer maintenance closure, yet the Village is abuzz with activity! The Foster house lean-to (which houses the staff break room and offices) is being re-sided, the break room is being painted, the blacksmith shop is getting a brick floor (using authentic historic Camp Bowie brick), and brick is being laid under the pump at the Seela hands-on cabin. We are going to look SO GOOD for y'all when we re-open on September 8th!

Check us out so far...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

On this day--Peace between the U.S. and Texas!

From our good friends at Texas Day by Day...

On this day in 1866, President Andrew Johnson, declaring that "the insurrection in the State of Texas has been completely and everywhere suppressed and ended," officially ended the Civil War by issuing a proclamation of peace between the United States and Texas. Johnson had declared a state of peace between the U.S. and the other ten Confederate states on April 2, 1866. The last land battle of the Civil War took place at Palmito Ranch near Brownsville on May 13, 1865, more than a month after Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Upcoming maintenance reminder...

Hello faithful blog readers!

Just a quick note to remind you that we will be closed August 24th through September 7th for our annual summer maintenance. We have numerous projects in the works (some more exciting than others), but I'll be sure to keep y'all posted as they are completed!

Thank you for your patience with the closure. These times help ensure that we make Log Cabin Village the very best it can be!

We look forward to seeing you the rest of this week and/or in September!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Archives reveal why we don't have goats anymore...

While sifting through our archives of early Log Cabin Village history , I found this very interesting newsletter clipping. While the clipping does not state what newspaper it came from, it is probably from the Fort Worth Star Telegram. The clipping is dated January 21, 1970:

Vandals shoot goat in Log Cabin Village

Gun - toting vandals have spread their misery from Forest Park Zoo to Log Cabin Village in the park.

Village Curator Elizabeth Erie told The Press today that a baby Angora goat was found shot to death when employees reported to work. It's the second such happening in two weeks.

The goats, so gentle they walk in and out of the Village offices, have been hand-raised. "But we can't have this any more," the curator said. She said she will try to find homes for them where they will be safe. Anyone interested in giving homes to one or more of the four mothers and three baby goats may call her at WA 6-5881.

She said large-caliber guns apparently were used both times. The one found today had been shot in the side.

City Council recently approved a 3000-foot fence for the zoo where vandals have killed several expensive animals in recent weeks.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Now you can "meet" whichever pioneers you want! Sort of...

August is here already! August, of course, means heat and our impending summer maintenance closure. But August also means that school days (and a busy group tour season) are right around the corner! So while you relish the last few poignant, delicious, splashy, and carefree days of summer, let us fill you in on exciting updates to our most popular tour, "Meet the Pioneers."

Beginning on September 8th, groups booking "Meet the Pioneers" will be able to select from one of two tour options:

Tour 1--Tuesdays and Thursdays

Pickard Cabin

Parker Cabin

Blacksmith Shop

Shaw Cabin

Tompkins Cabin

Tour 2--Wednesdays and Fridays

Parker Cabin

Howard Cabin (NEW!)

Marine School

Shaw Cabin

Tompkins Cabin

We are EXTREMELY excited to be able to offer these specific options for many reasons:

  1. This allows teachers/group leaders the freedom to plan their field trips on the days that their "favorite" structures are available

  2. This scheduling allows us to guarantee certain structures are ALWAYS available during the advertised times

  3. The design helps ensure groups are able to complete the tour within their allotted time frame

  4. The new tour allows us to incorporate the recently restored Howard Cabin--the new woodworker's shop (still being furnished as we speak)

  5. Knowing in advance which structures will be on the tour will help classroom educators/trip organizers plan in-class activities to supplement the museum visit

Our popular "Pioneer School" program will still be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We're already booking groups through December! Call 817-392-5881 to make your group tour reservation today!

We'll keep you posted as the new tour season gets underway!