Exhibits

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Current

Never a Good Girl

The exhibition, Never A Good Girl, is intended as a brief introduction to the families who once called this property, now known as the Heritage Farmstead Museum, home.  From its beginnings as a farm for the tumultuous Farrell family, to … Continue reading

Ongoing

The One-Room North Texas School House

Ongoing

This one-room schoolhouse is an exact replica of an 1895 vintage schoolhouse still standing in Ponder, Texas (Denton County).
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Farrell-Wilson House Outbuildings

Ongoing

A farmer’s fortune directly resulted from his own hard work and that of his family’s. The values of independence and discipline have fueled our nation’s tremendous growth and prosperity in all areas of life. The Farrell-Wilson house was built in 1891 and most of the outbuildings were built in the 1890s and early 1900s.
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Plano Elegance, Blackland Prairie Farmstead 1890-1925

September 1- Thanksgiving

The current exhibition is our comprehensive and representative overview of Blackland Prairie farm culture and history from about 1890 to 1920. This renowned region’s most colorful, nostalgic era of history literally comes to life on its best preserved, authentic, still-standing 4-acre farmstead site.
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Former Exhibits

Plano’s Forgotten Boys: The Twenty Tuff Tamales

June 24-October 9, 2011

In the book, Plano: An Historic Walking Tour, a caption under this photograph of young boys hanging from a tree said they performed good deeds in the community, however they liked to play pranks and their emblem was a skull and crossbones. Who were these young men called the Twenty Tuff Tamales? Continue reading

The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America

March – June 2012

In honor of Scout Day at the Heritage Farmstead Museum, the Farrell-Wilson House is set with displays of Girl Scout and Boy Scout memorabilia. This includes uniforms, books, sashes with patches, pinewood derby cars, and Girl Scout cookies. Take your time and enjoy seeing the mementos of early Girl and Boy Scout traditions.
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Fire Boys: The Legacy of the Plano Fire Department

June 23 – November 25, 2012

This glimpse at the history of Plano’s Fire Department as it celebrates its 125th anniversary is dedicated to the firefighters who have protected and enhanced the quality of life in Plano over the decades of time. It is dedicated to the citizens who fired pistols in the air as a call to arms when a fire broke out – defying the odds with buckets of water and determined grit.
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Ladies Aid Society: Disaster Strikes, but Help is Near

June 23 – November 25, 2012

In the late 1880s, the spiritual and social life of the women of this area centered around their churches. This is evident as we see the formation of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the First Methodist Church in 1880 and the Ladies Aid Society of the First Baptist Church in 1892. Continue reading