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Heritage Farmstead Museum
The Heritage Farmstead Museum is a local landmark located in Plano, a suburb of Dallas. The farm was built in 1891 in a region of rich Blackland Prairie soil by Hunter Farrell for his wife Mary Alice and daughter Ammie.
Hunter Farrel was a successful businessman in Collin County. While her husband was away, Mary Alice managed the farm by herself. She operated a wheat farm, grew a garden, and maintained livestock.
After Alice and Hunter divorced in 1928, Mary Alice and daughter Ammie kept ownership of the active farm. Miss Ammie was best known as a champion sheep breeder. Up until her death in 1972, she consistently won prizes for her animals at stock shows. She was a successful woman in a male dominated business.
The community is actively involved in helping to keep the working farm alive. Local High School students were at the fall carnival to help play games with the children and pass out candy. They dressed in costumes of the era.
Despite stormy weather volunteers showed up with a positive attitude to help out in any way. Young and old wanted to preserve the past by carrying on traditions. A quilting club came to show children how to sew beautiful quilts. A Blacksmith demonstrated how to make a horseshoe. Vendors came to sell crafts.
Through rain or shine history will stay alive and traditions will be past on to future generations. The farm is dear to my heart because my son built a ramp for his Eagle Scout Project. The people who work there are very nice and a credit to our community. I believe many more youth will donate their time to preserve the past to secure our future.