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Western Travel - Dallas Heritage Village (Part One) - Dallas,Texas - #TravelTuesday

Howdy, fellow history-lover!
One of my goals with this blog is to share my research with you and part of my research includes visiting historical sites and heritage sites. This past weekend I had the privilege to visit the Dallas Heritage Village in downtown Dallas, Texas, located on South Harwood. The village consists of about 22 structures dating from 1840 to 1910 in various forms of preservation. All of these buildings have relocated to this park from other parts of North Texas. For hours, prices, directions, etc, please check out their website: www.DallasHeritageVillage.com and try not to wander too far down Harwood.

This village is located on Old City Park (Dallas' first municipal park established in 1876).

The first thing you'll notice is the loooong walk from the parking area to the Visitor's Center/Entrance building. This is where you can purchase your admission stickers and pick up a printed Visitor's Guide. There is also a (free) Mobile App available to download from the Apple Store/Google Play that will help you along the walk and also offers historic photographs of some structures.

Miller's Log House:
The first house, starting counter-clockwise from the visitor's center, is Miller's Log House built by William Brown Miller in 1847. The house was built across the Trinity River in Dallas, Texas.

Interestingly, the logs were shaved (hewn) to be square. Mortar was placed between the logs to make a seal against the weather, as you can see behind the small bed in the photograph.

This is a nice view of the stone fireplace and the hanging implements. Notice the ax-marks in the wall logs.

The next building on our journey is the Greek Revival style Millermore Mansion built from 1855 to 1862. William's wife of 19 years, Minerva, died in 1856. They'd had 5 children (Alonzo (who died in 1855), Martha, Elizabeth, Mary, and Susan). William remarried in 1860 to a widow, Emma Miller.
The house is used today for weddings and banquet rentals so it is closed to tourists.

Brent Place:
Beyond the mansion is the Brent Place built in the "Carpenter Gothic" style by James Brent in 1876.
Today, the house is used as an office, storage facility, and the bridal suite for wedding events. It is also closed to tourists (and not even on the app).

That's all for today's visit. We'll check out some additional buildings next week!

For more information, please check out the DallasHeritageVillage.org
Interesting blog post about William Brown Miller can be found here: DallasTrinityTrails.blogspot.com

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