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. Once completed this park will be a place where we can bring pioneer history to life for future generations. The park will feature 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. As of 2021 we are half way to our 2 million dollar goal!
Plan for the Park
The Plan for Pioneer Cabin Park includes sites for 5 historic log cabins, ADA accessible walkways, and room for endless learning opportunities. The property will be landscaped with native Texas plants and grasses that take water conservation into account to protect our natural resources. In the site plan process we worked to keep as many native trees as possible to allow the cabins to feel as if they have always been a part of the landscape.
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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.
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
Tues – Sat : 10am - 5pm
Thurs : 10am-8pm
Sun & Mon: Closed
PO Box 215
Weatherford, TX 76086
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.