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Pioneer farms is a 94-acre living history museum where Texas history during the 1800s is authentically re-created on five fully restored home sites, representing the diverse lifestyles and cultures that were present in Central Texas. Classes and workshops in pioneering skills and trades, more than two dozen special programs for children, a thriving heritage artisans initiative to encourage handmade crafts, and Scout and 4-H programs bolster this unique educational experience. The site features 27 historically significant buildings and hallowed grounds that were once on the routes of both the Camion Real and Chisholm Trail.
The park is managed and staffed solely by volunteers, the largest operation of its type in the region. Owned by Preservation Austin operations are overseen by a nine member Board of Governors and assisted by an 11-member Board of Advisors. Our volunteers help with every aspect of the museum from feeding animals, historical interpreation, agriculture, office management, and evengs. First opened in 1975 for summer and nature camps, the park has grown gradually with additional programs and historical buildings. We have roughly doubled in size in the past five years and are still growing.