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Heritage Farmstead Museum reopens to public with small group, personalized tours

Heritage Farmstead Museum will reopen to the public on Wednesday, September 2 after months of being closed due to COVID-19. Small group tours will be offered in two formats, which will allow guests to visit the grounds and experience all the farm has to offer while still ensuring the health and safety of all.

“We are eager to welcome guests back to the farm,” said Heritage Farmstead Museum Executive Director M'Lou Hyttinen. “Our team has worked hard to offer creative and new ways for guests to explore the farm in a safe and comfortable way.  We look forward to seeing you soon!”

The farm will offer limited capacity general grounds admission for $5 per guest on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Purchasing tickets in advance is suggested, but walk-up tickets are also available. Guests may tour the grounds, feed the farm’s free-roaming chickens, learn from educational displays posted around the property and explore the exterior of the buildings on the property.  A house tour is not included in this admission
option. Guests are encouraged to bring a book or picnic and linger to enjoy the farm’s idyllic four-acre site.

In addition, the farm will offer limited capacity personalized tours of the farm’s Ammie Wilson House and Young House on Fridays at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for $10 per guest.  Tours last about 75 minutes and also include the general grounds admission features listed above. Farmstead house tours are self-guided and begin in the Ammie Wilson House. This grand house is the center of the farmstead and exemplifies life on the Blackland Prairie in the early 1900s.  The current exhibit celebrates the 1920's and all of the fashion, glamour and glitz of the era. Guests will also tour the Young House, which was built in 1880. It features a new exhibit depicting an early rural Texas home, pre-electricity and plumbing. This visit option concludes with a hay ride through the farm, allowing guests to observe the beautiful gardens, various animals, working blacksmith shop and other features of the property.

Since the museum abruptly closed in March, 10 new lambs have been added to the farm’s livestock. A new pig has also joined the friendly animal menagerie.  The farm’s chickens are also now free roaming on the property during tours, allowing all guests to feed the feathered flock.

Masks are required inside all buildings at the Heritage Farmstead Museum, as well as in other spaces when interacting with people outside of the guest’s immediate family.

To purchase tickets for either tour option, please visit Call 972.881.0140 with questions.
About The Heritage Farmstead Museum: The Heritage Farmstead Museum, a four-acre historic site consisting of a restored, 14-room 1891 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, interprets rural life on the North Texas prairie between 1890 and 1925. The museum provides tours, field trips and programs for 35,000 visitors each year.  For more information, call 972.881.0140 or visit

Saturday, August 29, 2020