1888 Cotton Belt Depot
Take a ride on The Grapevine Vintage Railroad to the Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas. The trip takes 90 minutes and includes refreshments. A two hour layover gives an opportunity to explore the historic stockyards. A return ride deposits ticket holders back in Grapevine at 6 pm. Those who wish to stay on the train will take a side trip around Ft. Worth.
Special events like A Day Out With Thomas in the Spring and The Grapevine Polar Express in December make this a special railroad experience! The depot itself is a small museum where you can discover Grapevine's past. Gather information on the area by stopping at the Visitor's Center, which is also housed here.
Hours are Thursday-Sunday from April 1 through Labor Day and Friday-Sunday during off- season months. Closed January. Admission is $20 ($14 one-way); Children 3-12 $10 ($7 one-way) and Seniors 55 + $18 ($12 one-way).The train departs at 1 pm and might even run into outlaws fixin' to cause some trouble! This bit of information was provided by Grapevine Today.Related to:
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Enjoy Main Street Days
The small community of Grapevine, Texas celebrates Main Street Days each year in May. Artisans, food vendors, all types of entertainers and festival goers make this an annual event. We attended Main Street Days for the first time this year and hope to return next year for the fun!
The entire main street was blocked off to create a pedestrian mall which was packed with booths offering hot dogs, ice cream, funnel cakes, Icees, Kettle Corn, bbq's and other tasty snacks. Artisans were eager to sell their hand painted leather belts, goat's milk soap, pottery,sterling silver jewelry, watercolors, photography and many, many other creations.
A special area for children provided games, rock climbing wall, bouncing attractions and a petting zoo. The accompanying photo shows just how much fun these kids had---WOW! A gunfight even broke out at different times during the event and a Clydesdale horse was on hand to meet the children. Some folks were even brave enough to try the bunjee jump!
Festival admission fee was $6 for adults; $3 for seniors and free for kids 5 & under.
During festival days, special priced tickets for the Grapevine Vintage Railroad can be purchased .Related to:
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Don't End Up Here!
There are worse places to be detained for petty criminal activity, but the Grapevine Calaboose looks pretty spartan!
This was the town's first jail authorized by the Grapevine City Council in 1909. Although its location has been moved twice, it settled here in 1994 to mark an era of the town's history!
During Main Street Days, it was a thing of wonder for children to explore on a hot, sticky day. The small patch of shade provided by its interior gave them a respite from the sun and an opportunity to play a realistic game of cops and robbers!Related to:
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Visit the Old Log Cabin
This pre-civil war log cabin was moved from its original location to Grapevine's Liberty Park and reconstructed during the United States Bicentennial. It's the oldest structure in town! A member of the Torian family last lived here in the 1940's. (www.grapevinehistory.org)
As people milled about during Main Street Days, the log cabin was a popular attraction and folks of all ages found the old dwelling worthy of investigating. It wasn't difficult imagining what life would be like in this type of homestead. One's very existence would depend on the protection these long, sturdy logs afforded them, for the Western frontier could be harsh and unforgiving.Related to:
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Cross Timbers Winery
There are a number of wineries clustered around Grapevine, Texas that are worth visiting. One of these is Cross Timbers Winery, located in one of Grapevine's oldest farms, the Historic Brock residence.
Wine tastings are offered from 12 noon-5 pm Mon.-Sat. and 12:30 pm-5 pm. Sun. Cross Timbers wines and other Texas wines are available for sampling, as well as, Casa Madero wines hailing from Parras, Mexico. Parras is considered Grapevine's sister city.
A wine selection list is presented from which one can sample a choice of 4 wines for $5.00. Nibbles such as cheese and crackers are provided. Chocolate is brought out to enjoy after sipping a wine, such as, Muscat. Cross Timbers procures its grapes from Lubbock and Bryant, Texas. Their Evi Mi Amor Chardonnay ($19.99) won a People's Choice Award at the 2006 Grapefest.
A quaint, restored red barn on the property can be booked for weddings or other special events. A small gift is located off the tasting room.Related to:
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A Candlelight Historic House Tour
My husband and I love Historic House Tours! We first became interested in this type of event while living near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Certain old neighborhoods held tours either in the Spring or Fall, which were very popular!
When we moved to New Jersey, we looked forward to the Historic Four Corners Candlelight Tour in Shrewsbury. A dusting of snow made this historic tour of an old tavern, churches and Quaker Meeting house something to remember!
Now that we're beginning to feel rooted here in Texas, we were thrilled to see Grapevine was holding its first historic tour of this type. Ten homes were open to the public with luminaries lighting the way to the front door. Tickets were purchased ahead on the internet or bought that night at La Buena Vida Winery, with a complimentary glass of wine.
picture #2 The Dorris House
picture #3 La Buena Vida Winery
Hospitable Homestead Winery offered samples of their wine and chili! While some of the homes and even businesses offered candies, cookies or punch. We'll be looking forward to next year's tour--if you are in the area...why don't you come, too?
FYI: The tour was scheduled from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.Related to:
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The Grapevine Choo-Choo
Do you enjoy trains? Some trains take you nowhere but can be a lot of fun. Others take you somewhere but can get pretty dull. The Grapevine Vintage Railroad can be a lot of fun as well as taking you somewhere. It runs between the city of Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards. The tr
This focal point is in Liberty Park and while it is a replica of the original style of gazebo, it still serves the same purpose as being the meeting point or main area for annual events in Grapevine. This particular gazebo was built in 1986. All the labour and materials were donated by Grapevine residents and merchants.
‘Old Brick Hotel’
Known as the ‘Old Brick Hotel’, the Wallis Hotel never did well financially. The new building which was constructed as an exact exterior replica, is now utilised by the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau as well as offices of the Grapevine Heritage Foundation. The main staircase is still impressive, leading to the 2nd floor.
Torin Log Cabin
This little Pre-Civil War log cabin in Liberty Park is the oldest structure in Grapevine. It was originally built northwest of the current downtown area along a creek. Originally built in 1845 by Francis Throop, it was bought in 1868 by J.C. Wiley and sold again in 1886 to John R Torian, a farmer from Kentucky. The cabin was retained by the Torian family until the 1940’s and was moved to its current location in 1976.
Grapevine Liberty Bell
The bell sits in Liberty Park . The sign says “For the citizen’s use and purpose in the tradition of warning, proclamation, or celebration; Mayor William D. Tate joins the U.S. President and Texas Governor each year to proclaim Constitution Week, September 17-23. During Constitution Week it is each citizen’s responsibility to learn about their rights, freedoms and duties by studying the constitution, only then can we defend, protect and preserve it.”
This old Prairie Windmill sits in Liberty Park which was the site of the original downtown square. There was a great demand for the windmills back in the 1860’ and 1870’s. This particular one was erected in the park to make the significance of them to Grapevines early farming days.
The Texas Public Art Walk
The Public Art Walk consists of various statues and sculptures that are scattered along several blocks of the downtown area. These characters represent just every day people and life in the early days of Grapevine. The one seen here I believe is the 'Grinning People Watcher' sitting on a bench. If you start at the Cotton Belt Railroad Depot you will see the first one 'The Homecoming'.
The Homecoming sculpture is of a soldier and his girlfriend/wife after returning home from being in service. There is a arch behind the sculpture has symbols of military branches of service and faiths. The sculpture was dedicated on Memorial Day in 200 and was crafted by Michael Pavlovsky of Fort Worth.
(Part of the Art Walk)
"The Sidewalk Judge"
An interesting character you will come across is The Sidewalk Judge – a lifelike character that sits on a bench outside the old Wallis Hotel. The judge is to represent the older generation of men in the early days of Grapevine, who would congregate in town to catch-up and give advice to anyone wanting it. He looks like he’s sitting there ready to have someone sit beside him for a chat. The sculpture was dedicated in 1997 and was created by J. Seward Johnson.
(Part of the Art Walk)
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