Are you ready to turn back the calendar over a hundred years? That’s what happens when you visit the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum located in Carrollton, Texas. You will get a real glimpse at what life was like in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The A.W. Perry Homestead finds its roots from when A.W. Perry and his wife Sarah moved to Texas and laid claim to 640 acres of Texas prairie. They built their home on their new farm in 1857 and the foundation stones from this home can still be seen on the property.
In 1909, their son, Dewitt Perry tore down the old home and built a new one, using some of the same lumber which was used in the original home. This is the home which was then reconstructed in 1976 in honor of the bicentennial. The following year the homestead was made a historic landmark by the Texas Historical Society.
Once you enter the home, you are instantly drawn back in time. The home is furnished with items reflecting the early 1900s including an old Singer Sewing machine. You can explore the rooms throughout the house to get a feeling for what it was like to live over 100 years ago.
If you are lucky, you might visit Carrollton at the same time the Perry Homestead Vintage Baseball team takes to the field. Your trip into history will allow you to see how the early years of baseball were played. The Carrollton Elites take on other vintage teams from the surrounding communities.
The A.W. Perry Homestead is undergoing a few changes, too. Plans for a new Gazebo are underway to make it possible to hold community events, weddings, and other events on the grounds. The Gazebo is being built in Gravley Park right beside the Homestead and within easy walking distance of the homestead’s path.
The homestead has become a center of fun for all types of events, too. You can have your child’s birthday party on the homestead, allowing your children to play in the barn, and then settle down for cake, ice cream, and gift opening.
On a more sedate side, you can host a quiet tea party on one of the large porches on the house. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy your cup of hot tea while you and your friends discuss what you discovered in the home.
The A.W. Perry Homestead is a great way to step away from our hectic lives filled with electronics, noise, and automation. Come and explore how simple life was in the early 1900s and take a few minutes to unwind.