Penn Farm Agricultural History Center

 
 
 
In 1854, John Anderson Penn settled in the rugged, cedar-covered hills of southwest Dallas County, an area known as the Cedar Mountains. Today, remnants of the original Penn Farm survive intact in Cedar Hill State Park. Penn Farm Agricultural History Center pays tribute to the disappearing Texas family farm. It offers a glimpse into rural life, when farm machinery took the place of the horse and mule almost a century ago. The center is open daily for self-guided tours. It features reconstructed and historic buildings from the mid-1800s through the mid-1900s. Groups make take a guided or self-guided tour, and special ranger-led programs may be scheduled. 

Contact Info:
Address: 1570 FM1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104. Dallas County. Tel: 972-291-5940. Web: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/cedar-hill/cedar-hill-state-park-history. Hrs: 6AM-10PM daily. 

Trip Info:
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Guided Activities, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Free.
 
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies.  

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Living History Lesson Plan

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