Wander Back in Time at Pioneer Farms

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Not far from Cole Apartments is an exciting destination that takes visitors back into the last century.

We’re talking about Pioneer Farms, and it’s the premier living history park and museum in central Texas.

The park spans more than ninety wooded acres and features six themed historic areas that are open for self-guided tours.

Highlights include:

Tonkawa Encampment

The Tonkawa Encampment dates back to 1841, making it the oldest historic site at the park. It’s where visitors can discover what Central Texas was like in the days when the state was still a Republic, and at the center is a centuries-old oak tree that once shaded the Native Texans who camped beneath it.

Scarborough Barn

Completed in 1850, the Scarborough Barn features hand-sawn timbers fastened with wooden pegs. This design was common for barns built before the Civil War, and such structures were the key for running a successful farm in the mid-1800s.

Texian Farm

The Texian Farm was where Frederick and Harriet Jourdan called home. They homesteaded the property in the 1850s, and visitors can explore the chicken house, barn, and corrals to see how their livestock lived. During this era, the barns and corn cribs were typically constructed first because of their economic value. They were later turned into cabins.

German Emigrant Farm

After the Fritz Kruger family came to Texas from the Dessau region of Germany, they called this one-room cabin home. The year was 1868, and the thirteen children slept in the loft, yard, and barn. All of the meals were prepared in the outdoor kitchen, and the property’s cedar-post fence features a Devil’s Gate.

Pioneer Farms is just one of the attractions that you can enjoy if you call our Austin apartment community home. Please contact our leasing agents to schedule a tour where you can see firsthand all we have to offer.

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