Historical Preservation in Grapevine
There are several organizations dedicated to preserving our heritage and telling Grapevine’s story of perseverance, ingenuity and foresight. Please take time to visit their websites and learn all you can about the city’s colorful history and the groups that make a difference in the quality of life here in Grapevine.
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Grapevine Historical Society
The Grapevine Historical Society provides citizens excellent opportunities to learn and share the history of the Grapevine area. New members are always welcome!
The Grapevine Historical Society meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7pm in the Grapevine Public Library – Program Room, 1201 Municipal Way.
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Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission was created to maintain historic traditions of the city and preserve the historical value of Grapevine. The HPC determines historical landmarks and districts based on historical and architectural significance. They also review and approve restoration design proposals for Grapevine projects in historically designated areas.
The Historic Preservation Committee meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 200 South Main Street.
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Grapevine Heritage Foundation
The Grapevine Heritage Foundation is a non-profit community organization committed to protecting and preserving the city of Grapevine. The group works to educate all generations about the historic places and cultural resources that make Grapevine unique and distinguished. The Foundation members have worked together to preserve the 1940’s Art Deco Palace Arts Center and Lancaster Theatre on Main Street in downtown. They also oversee the Heritage Center, which includes the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, art galleries, and a historical museum.
The Heritage Foundation meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5pm in the Convention & Visitors Bureau – 2nd Floor Board Room, 636 S. Main Street.
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Nash Farm is the oldest intact farmstead in Tarrant County. The farmstead was purchased by Thomas Jefferson Nash in 1859, and is bringing history to life. Visitors can tour the settlement and learn about life on the farm through exhibits, interpretive programs and various workshops about food and water sources, windmill and farming techniques, and various hands on activities.
Admission is free and the grounds are open during regular business hours. Bring a picnic and enjoy your afternoon on the farmstead. Tours are available for groups and schools, and there are exciting special events almost every weekend.
The Nash Farm Pole Barn is available for parties, weddings and meetings, and it is the perfect venue for all occasions. Call 817 410-3185, email the Nash Farm Manager or stop by for more information!
Click here for Nash Farm’s calendar of events.
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Settlement to City Museums
The Settlement to City Museums is a collection of museums that takes visitors on an exploration of what life was like over 100 years ago for “urban” Texans in a small township. The museum plaza features a schoolhouse and two 19th century pioneer homes. The Keeling House was original to this site, and the other buildings have been relocated to the plaza from around the Grape Vine Prairie. The new plaza location is on the corner of Church Street and Hudgins Street, and it has restored a great piece of history. Because Grapevine has always been a hub for commerce, the plaza tells the larger story of settling in Texas.
Admission is free and there are three museums to explore, including: The Donald Schoolhouse Museum, The Keeling House Museum and the Grapevine Cotton Ginner’s Museum. Each museum features a collection of artifacts dating back to the 19th century, engaging educational exhibits, and hands-on activities for the whole family.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm
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