Log Cabin Village, A Living History Museum in Fort Worth, TX



You will enter a beautiful wooded area dotted by log structures where you can “escape the present and experience the past.” You will have the opportunity to see every one of our historic structures. They all remain open during normal operation hours. You will also have the opportunity to explore the herb garden, gift shop, and our beautiful winding paths!
We interpret life on the North Texas frontier during the 1840s through 1890s. It was during this time that active settlement and log cabin building occurred in this part of Texas.
The only structure on our site that is not an authentic historic structure is the reproduction blacksmith shop. All of our other buildings (except the modern portalets) were built in the mid-19th century.
No, none of our human staff or volunteers live at the Village. Only our resident felines stay here.
The Village is open six days a week and has staff and volunteers here each day. The demonstrations will vary, but there will always be folks to talk with you!
That is a question we want you to answer for yourself. There are many stories and legends about ghost experiences at the Village. We invite you to do some research on your own, visit us yourself, and tell us what you think . Due to safety and security reasons, paranormal investigations are only allowed during our regular hours of operation and only in public areas. No after hours access is permitted.
All of the structures were moved to the site from other locations in north and central Texas between the late 1950s and early 2000s.
All of the buildings except the Marine School and the Tompkins Cabin were dismantled log by log and relocated and restored on site. The Marine School (sans roof) and the Tompkins were moved intact.
Oak and cedar were the trees of choice for the cabins preserved at Log Cabin Village.
We have three cats: Taffy, Izzy, and Yellow Cat. Our cats get shots and physicals every year.
Yes, please take photos when you come! We would be upset if you didn’t. Commercial photographers must pay the City of Fort Worth’s photography fee of $75 per hour. This fee covers the photographer and up to five additional people. Regular admission would apply for any others. Please contact us for more information.
No, but we have two water fountains located at each end of the Village. You are also more than welcome to bring your own bottled water. No picnicking is allowed on the Village grounds, but if you bring snacks, you are welcome to use the picnic tables in the wooded area adjacent to our parking lot.
Unless you are participating in one of our Meet the Pioneers programs, it is truly a visit that is tailor-made for you. You can stroll the grounds, visit with our historical interpreters, and/or read all of our informational labels at your own pace. We have some visitors who spend half an hour and others who have spent three or more. Try us out and see what works best for you!
No, we do not allow rentals of any kind. We simply do not have the accommodations and infrastructure appropriate to host any events other than our own.
The interpreters at the Village are a combination of paid staff and volunteers. Because we provide the Meet the Pioneers program twice a day, four days a week, and because we want to provide a consistent presence of interpreters every day that we are open, we are very fortunate to have interpreters who are employees of the City of Fort Worth. Our dedicated team of volunteers supplements staffing levels when their own schedules allow. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know .
All of our log structures are actually log houses. Log cabins were temporary structures that were quickly constructed with round logs that still had the bark. These buildings were squared up and hand hewn for more permanent use. For more information about log architecture, please go here.
Chinking is the material (i.e. rocks, sticks, mud, and straw) placed between the gaps of stacked logs to help keep out the elements.
No, these items are not available at Log Cabin Village. We do welcome you to bring your own, however.
All of our paths are wheelchair accessible. The only structure that is not accessible is the Shaw Cabin (Gristmill). However, the interior of the cabin can be viewed on a sign outside of the mill. All other interiors can be viewed through front or side doors or entered.
No. With the exception of guide animals, dogs are not allowed at the Village.
The Marine School and the Seela Hands-On Cabin can be entered and explored in their entirety. All other cabins and structures can be entered and viewed behind a barrier. This is for the safety of our visitors and our artifacts. However, there are interpretive signs and/or historical interpreters in each structure to ensure you get the most out of every exhibit!
They are andirons that were once used in the fireplace of the Swift and Armour Meat Packing Plant.