Texas Lakes 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

  • April 6, 2017 (All day) to November 26, 2017 (All day)

    Eisenhower Birthplace
    609 S. Lamar Ave.
    Denison  Texas  75021
    United States

    Changing exhibit at the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site.

  • April 15, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

    Eisenhower Birthplace SHS
    609 S. Lamar Ave
    Denison  Texas  75021
    United States

    Easter Egg Roll
    Date: 4/15/2017 2:30 – 4:30 PM
    Cost: Free
    Location: Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site/Grounds