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Western Travel - Log Cabin Village (Part Two) - Fort Worth, Texas - #TravelTuesday

Welcome to my weekly column #TravelTuesday featuring places I've discovered during my research trips or just wandering around in historical areas. I hope you enjoy my discoveries.

This week we continue our visit to the Log Cabin Village, in Fort Worth, Texas. Last week we looked at the Foster House and the Main Visitor Center at the front of the park. Now we will meander behind the Visitor Center to the left and head to the Tompkins Cabin. This one-room cabin (with a loft) was built in the early 1850's by Isaac Anderson. John and Sarah H. Tompkins rented it in 1857 and then purchased it with their crop profits in 1858. They eventually expanded the cabin as their family grew.

This particular day, country crooner Bob Sawyer was entertaining guests with cowboy folk songs and stories.

Also inside the Tompkins Cabin was a cozy fireplace and an interesting chair...

Behind the Tompkins Cabin, one of the costumed guides was demonstrating the process of making dip-candles. This process was typically done in the cooler weather and in large batches during late fall, early winter (as summer was too hot). The candles are made by dipping long pieces of string (the wick) into thick melted wax many, many times then setting it on a rack to cool and harden.

Learn more about the Tompkins family and their cabin here: www.logcabinvillage.org/tour-thompkins.html

Learn more about the village by checking out the official site - www.logcabinvillage.org

Log Cabin Village Address: 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln, Fort Worth, Texas 76109

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