Carrollton forms a rich part of Texas history—almost literally. Legend has it that one early settler arrived in the 1840s to take a look at the land before bringing his family to the area. He was so impressed with the settlement's rich and fertile soil that he scooped it up by the handful, determined to take back a sample to his family so they could see how ideal it was for farming.
Today, Carrollton is a thriving and thoroughly modern city, home to lush green parks, art galleries, and some of the best brunch spots around. But if you want to experience a part of its past, enjoy a day at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum.
The museum is designed to show visitors a slice of life in north central Texas around the turn of the 20th century. The homestead was built by pioneer settlers A.W. Perry and his wife Sarah, who arrived in town from Carrollton, Illinois—probably the inspiration for Carrollton, Texas's name. They arrived in Texas in the 1844, claimed their promised 640 acres, and built their home on top of it in 1857. That first house was torn down in 1909 by their son Dewey and his wife Francis, but some of the original lumber was re-used in the new house Dewey built. Carrollton restored the house into the present-day museum in 1976, just in time for the nation's bicentennial.
The historical furnishings, activities, and re-enactors combine to offer visitors a glimpse of life as 20th-century Texans might have lived it.
The homestead also boasts its own vintage baseball team: The Carrollton Elites, who follow the 1860s version of the rules, with uniforms matching those the original 1910 team wore over a hundred years ago. Every game is a living history demonstration—but still played with a competitive spirit. During baseball season, they can be found playing against other vintage teams from Plano, Irving, Lewisville, and other surrounding cities.
Admission to the homestead museum is free. Tours are available at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, or by appointment.
There's over 150 years of Texas history to enjoy all around Carrollton. Explore to your heart's content when you make Union at Carrollton Square your home. Contact us for more information or to set up a tour today.