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Frontier Village:A Blast from the Past

by
Bluestem Master Naturalists
A woman with many hats: writer, novelist, master gardener, master naturalist, Tom Bean Friends of Library President, pianist, proud wife, mother and grandmother.




Fall traditions are responsible for some of the best holidays in the year. True or not, we claim Thanksgiving as celebrating survival of our early European colonists and the good will of the Native Americans who rescued them the first year.

Children still color pictures of pilgrims in tall black hats, plain clothing and big shoes with silver buckles. They sing songs like "Over the River and through the Woods to Grandmother's House We Go..." You know--with the horse, the sleigh, the pumpkin pies ....

Christmas is full of old traditions, too from the Christ Child to Santa Claus, ribbon candy, sleigh rides with jingle bells, carolers and hot cider. So this year, have some fun with the kids and take them to Frontier Village situated at the intersection of North Loy Lake Road and Hwy 75. Don't let the big white head of Eisenhower fool you. It's not the Eisenhower Museum. Frontier Village is a look at the past.

Under tall old trees, old houses reside gracefully, some of them built before the trees were seedlings. Little log structures from the 1700s, as small as one room with an overhead loft, once housed entire families. Fancy houses with lovely furniture from the 1800s show the progression of civilization in the Texoma area. A jail, an old store full of antique stuff, and mule-drawn farm implements demonstrate how hard life was and how skilled and resourceful our ancestors were.

So take the kids or your guests for a walk down memory lane into the time of your grandparents and great-grandparents, a great way to enrich the holiday weekends. Stop by the Visitor's Center and Museum first and pick up a map and a key and stroll through several acres of yesteryear. When finished, return to the Visitor's Center and view the old photos, glassware, needlework and small household items that are on display inside. Perhaps, buy a book or two.

In the evenings, a display of lights turns the beginning of the park into a sparkling fairyland. It is free but donations are greatly appreciated.

Frontier Village is open every day from 1 - 4 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission which contributes to the maintenance of the structures and implements is only $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 6 - 18, and free for children 5 and under. If you have holiday company and call ahead to schedule a group tour, admission is only $1.00 each. Frontier Village is a bargain.
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