Northeast Tarrant

Grapevine’s Nash Farm gets Recorded Texas Historic Landmark marker

Ellen Timberlake-Volz of the Tarrant County Historical Commission, left, and Grapevine City Councilwoman Sharron Spencer.
Ellen Timberlake-Volz of the Tarrant County Historical Commission, left, and Grapevine City Councilwoman Sharron Spencer. Photo courtesy of

Nash Farm recently added a new accolade to its list of historical designations.

On April 18, a marker designating Nash Farm as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) was dedicated.

City officials said it is the highest honor Texas can bestow on a historic structure.

“It is a huge honor to receive this rare designation, and a reflection of our commitment to preserving our history in Grapevine,” Councilwoman Sharron Spencer said. “What a great day it was!”

Nash Farm was listed in the national register of historic places in 2010. In 2014 it was recorded as a Texas historic landmark.

Marker chairman Ellen Timberlake-Volz of the Tarrant County Historical Commission played an integral role in securing the marker for Nash Farm.

Visitors to the site get a glimpse of what life was like on the farm more than a century ago, even though Nash Farm is located on 5.2 acres several blocks from Historic Downtown Grapevine. The site includes a house, a barn and a cemetery.

A big part of Nash Farm experience is education.

The Nash family was part of a migration of farmers from the upper South who settled on the Grape Vine Prairie in the years prior to the Civil War.

Thomas Jefferson Nash was born in 1827 and his wife, Elizabeth Mouser, in 1828. They were married on Feb. 17, 1848, and had five daughters and one son.

The oldest three were born in Kentucky and the youngest three in Grapevine. Nash purchased 110 acres of farmland in Grapevine in 1859, which was not an unusual size for a farm.

At first, the family lived in a log cabin, which was later replaced by the current house around 1869. The Nash family raised an assortment of livestock and crops and over the years, the farm grew to about 450 acres.

Thomas died in 1907 and his wife in 1925, leaving no will. The property was sold and the children split the proceeds.

Years passed and hand changed. The city and its Grapevine Heritage Foundation, which always had an eye on the property, bought the site in 2000. A capital campaign was held in 2008 that raised approximately $800,000 to restore the house, which retains much of its original structure.

The 1869 house, which had undergone several renovations, was brought back to its original look, right down to the green paint that covers the building — a luxury for its time — and the yellow eaves for good luck.

Today, Nash Farm is overseen by the Grapevine Heritage Foundation Board of Directors, which partners with the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau to provide the staff for the site.

The Grapevine Heritage Foundation’s mission for Nash Farm is to preserve, protect and visually reflect the significance of the area’s farming and agricultural heritage so that future generations may appreciate and experience a way of life lived by settlers of the Grape Vine Prairie.

Three other sites in Grapevine are designated as RTHL’s:

▪ The Torian Cabin in Liberty Park at 201 S. Main St.

▪ The Tarrant County State Bank Building, now Great American West Gallery, at 332 S. Main St.

▪ The Dorris-Brock House, now Cross Timbers Winery Tasting Room at 805 N. Main St.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367