Heritage Farmstead Museum (Plano)
The Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano is a living history site that dates back to the 1890s, and many of the items and details within the old house are original. The grounds are also relatively unchanged since the 1930s and offer an excellent opportunity to envision what life was like over 100 years ago.
Last Spring Break, I took my kids to the Farmstead as part of our staycation and we had the best day of the whole break! That particular day was a special event where we got to tour the old homestead, feed the chickens, view the other animals, plow a garden, wash dishes and clothes outside, and play pioneer games such as potato sack racing, stilts walking, and “painting” the fence. Not every day will have all of these special activities, but I think your kids will still love seeing how people from the olden days lived. And for a $3 entry fee, this free-range experience can’t be beat!
On a regular, non-special event day, you will have the opportunity to tour the grounds at your own pace, and there is a docent-guided tour of the house at 1:30pm daily (highly recommend). There is also a covered picnic pavilion, so pack a lunch and stay the day!
While special events, like the upcoming Day at the Farm (July 23), are few and far between, they’re worth putting on your calendar. There are also sporadic events offered for different age groups, from toddlers to senior citizens, throughout the year. Just check the events calendar for dates and times! The Farmstead also offers summer camps if your child is interested in living like a pioneer.
Admission prices range from $3-7 per person based on what kind of admission is chosen and the age of the visitor. Be sure to check the museum hours of operation to make sure they are open on the day you choose to go.