Pioneer Farms

Pioneer Farms

The Texas Folk Arts School offers a unique opportunity to experience the Lone Star State’s rich history and diverse cultures first-hand. With engaging programs, signature activities and classes, visitors can immerse themselves in the 19th century.

Pioneer Farms is home to a variety of historic areas, each with its own unique theme. Explore the 1844 Tonkawa Indian Encampment, the 1866 Kruger Farm, the 1873 Jolly Cabin, or take a walk along the famous Chisholm Trail. You can also visit the 1878 Jourdan Farm, the 1886 Bell Farm, or the 1899 rural village of Sprinkle Corner. Each area provides a glimpse into Texas’ past, with plenty of exhibits and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Be sure to check out the 1850 Scarborough Barn, where you can get up close and personal with some of your favorite farm animals!

For more historical information, be sure to pick up a copy of our special Walking Tour booklet. This 1890s-style guide includes a map and rich historical details about Pioneer Farms. Click here for a printable version, narrated by noted Texas storyteller Thomas Burkhardt.
Six different historic areas are available for walking tours, including an 1841 Tonkawa Encampment, an 1853 Walnut Creek Greenbelt, an 1868 German Emigrant Farm, an 1873 Texian Farm, an 1887 Cotton Planter’s Farm, and an 1899 Sprinkle Corner rural village. You can explore more than 90 acres of beautiful, wooded land and discover exciting ways to experience Texas history. At the Scarborough Barn, you can get up close with your favorite farm animal friends! The number of volunteer interpreters in costume at the historic sites varies from day to day.

Mission and vision

The Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms is dedicated to interpreting and preserving the histories and cultures of Central Texas during the 19th century. We envision a museum where visitors can engage with the multicultural histories of the region, participate in immersive educational experiences and appreciate the natural landscapes and agrarian lifestyles of the Black land Prairie.


At Pioneer Farms, our specialty programs allow students to explore the past as they discover the future. Our 90-plus acre living history park is a one-of-a-kind outdoor classroom that can accommodate school groups from Pre-K through high school, as well as homeschool and college groups. All of our programs support Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards.

In addition to our in-person programs, we now offer interactive, virtual programs that can be accessed online by your classroom. These virtual programs are offered Tuesdays through Fridays.

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Browse our available programs and reserve your spot with a $50 deposit. Title 1 schools qualify for a discount of $1 per student. Title 1 status must be declared at time of registration.

Workshops and classes

Have you always wanted to try your hand at weaving or blacksmithing? Now’s your chance! Our master craftspeople will guide you through the process and help you create a one-of-a-kind piece. Reservations are required for all classes. Check out our Programs Catalog for a full list of available workshops and classes.

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