Founded in 1976 as a bicentennial
ongoing project, Edgewood Heritage Park encompasses fourteen restored
and furnished structures representing rural life in 1900 Van Zandt
County. The outdoor museum preserves the rural culture and architectural
heritage for present and future generations.
Turn of the century buildings, such as the "Tomcat" Cafe, Gilliam's Gas Station, a country store, barber shop and print shop help visitors experience a taste of what life was like back then.
Edgewood Heritage Festival
is held annually at 106 Main in Edgewood (50 miles east of Dallas
or 10 miles north of Canton).
If you listen closely,
you can hear the faint echo of yesteryear floating through the
20 structures that line Heritage Park Village. Although stilled,
it is easy to imagine the creak of the rocking chair on
the worn wooden planks of the Scott cabin's front porch, a rustic
relic from the 1870's, while the cry of "Hallelujah!"
seems to ring inside the Church of the Wildwood, where Van Zandt
county residents worshipped at the dawn of the 20th century. Perhaps
you'll hear the distant blast of a locomotive whistle as you walk
up to the cheerily-painted Murchison Depot, or catch the clink
of glasses as you peer through the red and white gingham checked
curtains draped across the windows of Tom's Cafe, where flappers
in rolled stockings dined during the Jazz era. Each structure
has a story to tell, and since 1977 their tales have been passed
down to successive generations as festival attendees gather at
Heritage Park Village for a yearly tribute to times gone by.
Taste buds competitions are tempting during the Chili Cook-off, and weekend chefs stir up a batch of a favorite Lone Star side dish during the Pinto Bean Cook-off.
Animals also get in on the action as pooches parade around in canine costumes, vying for first place in a dog show, while tiny "armored" Texas tanks race toward the finish line in Sparky Sparks Armadillo Races.
From Model A's to nostalgic Chevrolets, take a trip down memory lane as you view the sassy chassis on display in the Classic Car Show, or enjoy a nostalgic nod to the town's founding fathers at a historical re-enactment, performed in period costume amid the historic buildings that have a permanent home at Heritage Park Village.
In the quilt display,
multi-colored patches of fabric lovingly stitched by hand in Grandmother's
Flower Garden, Double Wedding Ring and Honeycomb patterns will
warm your heart at the quilt show, while in another area a basket
maker weaves reeds into receptacles-- just two of the handmade
specialties showcased during the festival. Sewing and basketry
were essential skills for women in the past, and visitors can
learn more about pioneer life during a tour of the park's historic
Christmas is just around the corner, and while parents search of presents among the booths at the Sidewalk Art Sale little ones can whisper their holiday gift wish list to Santa and Mrs. Claus.