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

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Built: ca. 1855
Spring Creek Area, Parker County, Texas
Pittillo Family; William Sidney (W.S.) and Malissa D. Pickard
Possibly the Pittillo Family

Pickard Cabin and pioneer garden

This charming little log house is one and a half stories tall. The second (half) story exhibits a loft furnished as children’s sleeping quarters. There are many fascinating artifacts in the cabin, some dating back to the 1700s. The art and skill of making textiles is shown with a clock reel, spinning wheel, looms and more!

Malissa Ellen and William Sidney Pickard bought this log home and ninety acres from the Pittillo family, who had built it between 1850 and 1856. In subsequent years, the Pickards purchased additional acreage, enlarging the original tract to 400 acres on which they raised horses and various grain crops.


Melissa Pickard
Willam Pickard
Malissa Pickard
William Sidney (W.S.) Pickard

Malissa Ellen Dickson, a native of Tennessee, was born August 6, 1835. When she was 21 years old, she married William Sidney (W.S.) Pickard from Mount Pleasant, Tennessee. W.S. was born December 9, 1834.

On October of 1856, the young couple loaded their wagon with a few necessary household possessions and started the long trip to Texas with William’s father's family and slaves. Arriving in Parker County, William’s father purchased a 320 acre farm in the Spring Creek community from the Reverend R. A. Eddleman. The family immediately started improving the place and raising horses using proceeds from the fine stock they had brought from Tennessee. In 1863, when William Sidney returned from the Civil War, he purchased this cabin to rear his own growing family.

In this home with its frame additions, the Pickards reared their family of seven children:

Elviras Marietta (Etta) 1857-1914
Martha Elizabeth (Pattie) 1860-1861
Jesse Thomas 1863-1947
Frances Desdemonie (Fannie) 1868-1928
John Alexander 1871-1944
Jasper Sidney 1874-1958
Mack Dickson 1879-1906

William was a prominent and highly respected member of Parker County and at one time served as County Commissioner and as President of the Parker County Pioneer Association in 1895. He died at his home, January 15, 1898, and was buried near his father in Spring Creek Cemetery. Malissa Ellen survived him, dying April 4, 1902 at the age of 77.