The 109’s living history museum adds new programming, and the Parker Cabin has a new roof.

Log Cabin Village is introducing new programming and undergoing renovations, Director Kelli Pickard said.

The Village has completely removed and rebuilt the roof structure of the historic Parker cabin with the help of the city’s Transportation Public Works Facilities Maintenance division.

“The Parker Cabin was once home to Isaac Parker, for whom Parker County is named, and is the home to which Cynthia Ann was returned upon her recapture in 1860 by the Texas Rangers,” Educator and Collections Manager Rena Lawrence said.

The cabin also once stood on Amon Carter’s ranch, Shady Oaks.

Cynthia Ann Parker was captured as a child by the Comanche’s, and Carter was creator and publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The project for the two-room cabin was a significant undertaking that took three months, Lawrence said. The construction methods used by the city allowed the cabin to still retain a historic look.

In addition, new classes have also been added to the Village’s scheduled events.

“Garden Thyme” is one of the new monthly classes where visitors can learn gardening tips and explore different nature topics. “Making Your Own Housewife” is another class in which visitors can complete their own sewing kit.

“We hope these new classes will showcase the wonderful talents our historical interpreters exhibit on a daily basis in a more intimate setting,” Lawrence said.

The new programming and construction at the Log Cabin Village has proved to be a success with a great increase in visitors.

“We had a record year this past year with 30,885 visitors from 48 states and 33 countries,” Pickard said. “With ongoing preservation efforts, increased marketing, and innovative programming, we hope to see more increases in the future.”

The Log Cabin Village is always changing and improving, Pickard said, and its goal is to help others “escape the present…experience the past.”

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