Pioneer Cabin Park

Pioneer Cabin Park aims to educate people of all ages about Texas history and the pioneers that helped to settle and build our region through living history, programming, and the preservation of 5 log structures native to Parker County.

Vision for the Park

The vision for Pioneer Cabin Park included 5 log cabins from around Parker County. After meeting the restoration and preservation consultants the project budget was set at 2 million dollars and ground broke on the park in 2016.

Phase 1 of the park will open with 4 cabins in March of 2024. The park will feature special programs and activities that meet learning objectives and curriculum standards for 4th & 7th Grade Texas History Classes. Making the park an excellent teaching resource for local schools and teachers.  

Visiting the Park

Park Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

Thursday: 10:00am- 8:00pm or Dusk

Pioneer Cabin Park includes sites for 5 historic log cabins, ADA accessible walkways, and room for endless learning opportunities. The property  features native Texas plants and grasses that take water conservation into account to protect our natural resources.

Cabin Access & Etiquette:

  • The log cabin buildings are open during scheduled tours, special events and when docents are present.
  • Treat the cabins and artifacts with respect. Do not touch or deface any historical items.
  • Many cabins feature hands-on activities for visitors when open – please be gentle with these activities so they can be used by future generations.

Park and Pathway Etiquette:

  • Please stay on designated pathways to protect the natural environment.
  • Our concrete pathways are ADA accessible for the convenience of all visitors.
  • The park is stroller friendly, so feel free to bring your strollers and enjoy a leisurely walk. Strollers are not permitted on cabin porches or inside the cabins.

Visitor Safety:

  • For your safety and the preservation of the park, do not pick plants or flowers.
  • Please do not disturb wildlife; observe from a respectful distance.
  • Keep an eye on children to ensure their safety at all times. Parents and guardians are responsible for supervising children; no children under 18 are allowed in the park without an adult.

General Park Rules:

  • No littering; use trash receptacles provided. Please help us keep the park clean and beautiful.
  • No alcohol or smoking within the park.
  • Pets are not allowed within the park for the safety and comfort of all visitors. Service animals are welcome.
  • Be respectful of other visitors and maintain a peaceful atmosphere.
  • No amplified music or excessive noise.
  • Visitors are encouraged to take personal photographs for non-commercial use and share them with us through our social media channels.
  • Professional photographers seeking to conduct photo sessions within the park must schedule an appointment in advance by contacting events@dosscenter.org for more information please visit our rentals page.

Double your impact and help us finish the story and save Parker County History with your best gift today!

Since 2016 we have been diligently working on this new addition to the Museum, raising funds as we went in a grassroots effort to keep the Pioneer history of Parker County alive and well. Many of you have visited the park over the past few years by attending events like Pioneer Heritage Fest, Heritage Christmas, or any of our educational programs; and have seen for yourselves the steady growth as we have added new cabins one by one, and brought them to life for the community to enjoy.

We have come to the point in our project where we are ready to finish the park to be fully open to the public with no admission fees just like our museum is. We are in a sense ‘Reviving our Roots’ as we take project to the next level of its potential growth.

As we prepare for the final phase of the project, we are calling on our supporters to give a gift that will make an impact. In fact, we have a way to double that gift because of community leaders who have seen this project grow and have made the pledge to match any contributions up to $250,000.

Educational Plan

Over the last several decades, the hands-on experience that was once thought of as a key element to developing a well-rounded student has disappeared from the classroom, and field trips are on the decline. Pioneer Cabin Park will create a living history experience that will help to bridge the gap by providing hands-on learning experiences that are affordable and accessible to families.

The McDonald Cabin is our dedicated Education Cabin it will serve as a space where sustainable interactives will not only highlight pioneer history but also use STEM principles to help reach a broader audience. These will include interactives focused on farming, working with ones hands, spinning, weaving, cooking & more!

The other cabins in the park will also highlight aspects of Pioneer life that help children and visitors learn perseverance, hard work, and ingenuity which were invaluable to pioneer life but also critical character building lessons for today.

“Surely, natives of this county and her adopted sons and daughters should feel proud of the heritage and tradition which is theirs.” –

G.A.Holland  The Double Log Cabin

Physical Address

1400 Texas Dr.
Weatherford TX, 76086
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Museum Hours

Tues – Sat : 10am - 5pm
Thurs : 10am-8pm
Sun & Mon: Closed

Contact Us

(817) 599-6168
Email Us

Mailing Address

PO Box 215 
Weatherford, TX 76086 

Mission Statement

The mission of the James and Dorothy Doss Heritage and Culture Center is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Parker County through cultural and educational events that raise awareness and pride in our western heritage. 

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