Nestled on 10 acres right in the heart of bustling North Dallas is an early 20th century homestead and museum. Originally founded in 1857, The A.W. Perry Homestead began when Alexander Wilson Perry settled there with his wife, Sarah, and three children.
The Perrys came from Carrollton, IL in 1844 for the promise of free land through the Peters Colony Grant. They claimed 640 acres and started their farm. The Perrys had 11 more children.
In 1909, DeWitt Perry (their son) tore down the original farmhouse and built a new larger farmhouse. The foundation markings for the old house can be seen right off the back porch today, and two old cedar trees framing the old front door are still there, as well (though they have seen some storm damage recently). The 1909 house is now a museum that depicts life in early 20th century Texas. It was donated by a Perry family member in 1977 and was designated a Historic Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission.
Despite the fact that the homestead sits in the middle of the city, it is easy to imagine that you have truly stepped back in time when you enter the front door. Each room is furnished in turn-of-the-century furnishings, some belonging to the Perry family, and others donated or purchased elsewhere. The floors are all gorgeous hardwood, and the door frames, window frames, and baseboards are beautiful wide wood.
Visitors are given the option of a guided tour or a private stroll with a notebook describing each room and its furnishings. You’ll visit the entry, parlor, dining room, kitchen, hall, children’s room, bedroom, and sitting room. In the hall there are two impressive photos: one taken around 1890 with the family standing in front of the old house; the second is of a family reunion in 1995 with a much larger family of Perry descendants. The upstairs is off limits to museum visitors, and is only used for the museum offices.
When you’ve seen the inside, you’ll want to take a walk around the grounds. Just outside the back door you’ll see the original well and cellar. A large beautiful barn is near the old homesite. The barn is not regularly open to the public, but you can peek inside to see old carriages, wagons, plows, and farm tools.
The property is beautiful, with many paved walkways and greens for taking a peaceful and a few photos. Many fun events happen at the Perry Homestead throughout the year, including wildflower viewing and photography, picnics, concerts, Homesead How-To, Old-Fashioned Christmas, and more! Follow the Homestead on Facebook to stay up-to-date.
Just down the street is the Perry Cemetery, also a Historic Landmark. Sarah Perry, A.W.’s wife, was the first to be buried on the grounds.
The grounds may be reserved for weddings, photography, children’s birthday parties, and more. Call 972-466-6380 for more information. Visit the website at cityofcarrolton.com/museum.
Address and Phone
1509 N. Perry Road
north of Belt Line Road, west of Josey Lane
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, tours at 11 am and 1 pm, and also by appointment.
Call 972-466-6380 to schedule your appointment.