Texas Hill Country Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Historic Houses

Thistle Hill, Fort Worth
Thistle Hill, Fort Worth


When is a house not a home? When it's a museum. Our fascination with wealth and grandeur, particularly when expressed in the architecture of early residential Texas, inspired the rescue and restoration of beautiful historic homes across the state. Many still display their original contents and most are open to the public. These monuments, some with crisp, clean, conservative lines and others kitted out with over-the-top opulence, signify the rewards that could be had from a late 19th and early 20th century free-market economy...for some Texans at least. Most of the rest of us were living with more modest accommodations, which suggests an additional reason-history and architecture aside-why we love our historic homes so much. We get to see how the other half lived, wander over their fine oriental rugs, promenade up and down their grand staircases, run our fingers along their walnut credenzas, and imagine sitting in their wing-backed, buffalo hide chairs reading a book by gaslight. So go ahead. Have a peek into the boudoir. The Mister and Misses are out.

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Upcoming Events

  • February 23, 2019 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

    Historic Cave Creek Schoolhouse
    470 Cave Creek Rd
    Fredericksburg  Texas  78624
    United States

    Open House Activity: Bird Watching––Bring Your Binoculars! Come join us and check out our bird watching stand. Start at the classroom and make a bird feeder and study the posters and
    books of native birds.

  • March 16, 2019 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

    Historic Willow City School
    2501 Ranch Road 1323
    Willow City  Texas  78675
    United States

    Open House Activity: Wildflower Time –– Come and learn how to press flowers as our ancestors did. Either bring along a flower or find one at the school. Learn the common Texas wildflowers.