Southlake Journal

December 30, 2013

I’m dreaming of a Victorian Christmas in Grapevine

Nash Farm features the past at its annual free seasonal event.

The city’s Nash Farm attraction features historic life on the farm all year long.

But on Dec. 21, Nash Farm added a special touch for its Victorian Christmas — a free annual event.

Visitors were led by docents through the farmhouse and the farm to experience how Grapevine’s earliest settlers celebrated Christmas in Texas during the latter part of the 19th century.

Visitors enjoyed hot cider and cookies and got up close and personal with the farmhouse, including the parlor, bedroom, dining room and kitchen, then went outside by the burning yule log and to the pole barn.

Nash Farm Manager Jim Lauderdale said they strive to keep the event as true to the historic period as possible.

“I don’t even have a cellphone on me then,” he said

Lauderdale said those who visit Nash Farm, which is on 5.2 acres several blocks from Historic Downtown Grapevine, get a glimpse of what life was like on the farm more than a century ago. A big part of the Nash Farm experience is education, he said.

“We want them to see the rural atmosphere right here in the middle of the Metroplex,” Lauderdale said.

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