All photos courtesy of Nosh and Nurture
Walk into Dallas’ Heritage Village and you are transported back in time. Founded in 1966, the grounds are home to 38 historical structures dating back to 1840. I visited on a Saturday and it was surprisingly quiet with just a few other visitors enjoying the grounds. It felt like a great place to escape the business of downtown Dallas.
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Nestled on 13 acres, covered in lush green grass and shady trees, the well-preserved area feels as quaint and homey as its early days. The homes, ranging from modest to luxurious are available to tour, and though there are docents located in each home, I was disappointed in their lack of knowledge on the property. One docent in particular just pointed for us to go in without as much as a grunt and we were sent wandering. But it was nice just the same, to be lost for a little while in a piece of beautiful history.
The home sites also include tourable gardens, farms, sheds and outhouses and there are various spots throughout the village for an idyllic picnic or photo opp. Colorful murals, a gift shop and animal stables are also a part of the grounds.
However, my favorite buildings had to be the detail oriented general store, bank and doctors’ offices. Stacks of canned goods, antique wares and vintage aprons were found in the small local market and you could just imagine the wives picking up milk and sugar. The doctor’s office was a little unnerving with its medieval looking medical tools, but was interesting to see. Definitely makes you thankful for living in the age of technology.
Dallas Heritage Village Hours
Open 10am to 4pm Tuesday-Saturday and noon-four on Sundays, it is a definite recommendation for visitors of all ages. A charming step back into time located on the outskirts of a modern downtown metropolis.
Is Dallas Heritage Village Haunted?
It turns out that this is a popular question. Many paranormal teams have visited the homes in the Dallas Heritage Village. Ghosthunters visited the Millermore Mansion and featured it on their show. So if you are looking for a local haunting then you may want to head over this haunted mansion. It is rumored that there is a female haunting the area between the master bedroom and the nursery. Spooky!
Dallas Heritage Village Candlelight Christmas
For 46 years, there is has been a candlelight Christmas celebration at the Heritage Village Dallas. The buildings are dressed decorated in tradition from the mid-1800’s to the early 1900’s. There are carolers strolling through the streets and of course good ol’ St. Nicholas will be there in full tradition. There are also food trucks and a traditional bake sale. This is always a fun way to celebrate Christmas in Dallas. Tickets go on sale starting in November and you learn all about it on their website.
Dallas Heritage Village Weddings
We had the honor of attending a wedding at Dallas Heritage Village and it was stunning. and they are truly beautiful. The pavilion where the reception was held was a dream location for a bride. The food was fantastic and yes I went back for seconds. Before the ceremony, we were able to tour the old downtown area and even get a beer at the saloon. It was a real treat to have the place to ourselves and just roam the gorgeous grounds.
1515 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX | Route Map
TURF: Outskirts of Downtown Dallas
WHAT MAKES IT FUN?
Historical charm, peaceful grounds, and numerous photo opp spots. Excellent as a wedding venue for large groups.
Categories: Fun Places
A big thank you to the Dallas County Heritage Society because they are the ones who maintains Dallas Heritage Village and they have done such a wonderful job of creating a true Dallas treasure. Spending part of a day here is like getting away without ever actually leaving Dallas. There is something for every member of the family and you can rest assured that everyone will walk away happy.