The Grapevine Historical Society celebrated the commemoration of Texas Independence Day with a special ceremony earlier this month at the Torian Cabin on Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine.
The city-owned Torian log cabin, which was built on a headright — a legal grant of land to settlers — was settled by Francis Throop.
The two-room cabin was purchased by John R. Torian in 1886 and was continually occupied by his family until the 1940s.
According to the city, the cabin — originally built in 1845 — was threatened with demolition in 1976 until the Grapevine Historical Society intervened. Working with city of Grapevine leaders, the logs of the cabin were numbered, disassembled and moved to the Main Street site. Then the cabin was rebuilt.
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It has been preserved to reflect a home used by early settlers on the Grape Vine Prairie at the time when Texas declared its independence.
The cabin is open for public view and furnished as it would have been in 1880s Texas.
The Texas Declaration of Independence was the formal declaration of independence of the Republic of Texas from Mexico in the Texas Revolution.
It was adopted at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836, and formally signed the following day.
At the March 1 event, Mayor William D. Tate — sporting historic attire complete with red suspenders, a blue bandanna and tall black boots — and other speakers shared comments on early pioneer life and the spirit of freedom that existed.
A special flag for the occasion — the 178th anniversary of Texas Independence — was presented and raised at the cabin site by Boy Scouts.
Bill Norton, Scoutmaster of Troop 7 in Grapevine, said Troop 7 was honored to work with the Grapevine Historical Society again “to celebrate our shared history.”
“For now over a century our stories have been intertwined,” the Scoutmaster said. “Last year, they celebrated with us as we honored 100 years of Scouting for possibly one of the first chartered Scout troops west of the Mississippi.”
Norton said the celebration of the 178th anniversary of Texas independence gave their organization the opportunity “to look back again at our history because in that history are the struggles, victories, joys, sorrows and the lives of ourselves and our ancestors.”
“The flags raised at this cabin are just cloth but they represent the sacrifice made by those who have come before us to allow us to live free,” he said.
“I believe we live in the greatest city, state and nation in the world and we are thankful for the blessings bestowed upon us.”