The A.W. Perry Homestead Museum offers a glimpse of life as it was in north central Texas at the turn of the 20th Century. A.W. and Sarah (Huffman) Perry were pioneer homesteaders of Peters Colony who came to Carrollton in the year 1844 from Carrollton, Illinois. They claimed 640 acres and built a house on this farm in 1857. In 1909, their son Dewitt Perry and his wife Francis (Grimes) tore down the first house and used some of the lumber to build the present day house. This structure is now the Museum, restored in 1976 for the bicentennial. You can still find the foundation stones of the first Perry farmhouse in the backyard of the Museum.
A group of Carrollton residents wanted to form a society to preserve the museum even further. They banded together to establish The Perry Society to promote special events, volunteer and most importantly, ensure the authenticity of the home never changes.
The group has received its approval for 501(c)3 status and is now offering memberships. Curator, Toyia Pointer said “The Perry is off to an amazing start, the founding members and officers are enthusiastic and already actively working with staff on several projects for the upcoming year.” Projects include planting a vegetable garden, assisting in funding restoration projects and sponsoring the fabrication of an album quilt to raise funds for the society and to commemorate 100 years since the 1909 Perry home was constructed.
Number of Pioneers visiting: 84857