About 45 min south of the heart of Dallas is the Chisholm Trail Museum. We have driven by here before but never had the time to stop. Recently, we decided it was time to check out! The museum is located in Cleburne off of Hwy 67. The cost is free, however also on site is the Big Bear Native American Museum which is very inexpensive to visit.
We enjoyed our time here. The setting is very peaceful. We went on a weekend so there were some volunteers sitting around that we could talk to. It is possible to have a free tour as well on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with advanced notice. We didn’t know about the tours, but I imagine they’d be helpful in the future.
The site of the museum used to be in a city called Wardville which was the Johnson County seat. However, it was found to be not within 5 miles of the county center, so it was abandoned. Some years later, the city line changes made it near the center, but by then it was too late.
There is a replicated school house. This is probably one of the biggest one room school houses I have ever visited. It was easy to sit at a desk and imagine attending school on the shores of Lake Cleburne. The museum does offer homeschoolers (and class field trips) a chance to experience life in a one room school house in 1868. It costs only $10 per student for grades 4 and up. Contact the museum via the information on their website for more details.