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Grapevine Unveils Bronze Sculpture Honoring Cotton Farmers

Photo courtesy of Grapevine CVB

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (October 21, 2021) – Grapevine’s latest work of public art, the life-size bronze statue “Choppin Cotton,” harkens back to a time when cotton was king. The sculpture, soon to be surrounded by rows of cotton, depicts a farmer in his field, head down and focused on thinning the weaker cotton growth with a hoe, to ensure maximum crop production. Sculpted by John Rule, the public artwork pays tribute to agrarian families who arduously farmed cotton on the Grape Vine Prairie to support themselves and their community.

Grapevine, founded in 1844, is the oldest settlement in Tarrant County and has a rich agrarian history. Area farmers succeeded only through hard physical labor, a subsistence lifestyle and dependence on local and outer market trade – initially reachable only by wagons and dirt roads. With the arrival of the railroad and the Cotton Belt Route in 1888, Grapevine’s agrarian community connected to the global trade market and the sale of cotton crops and other commodities expanded. A leading American export during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, king cotton brought Grapevine prosperity – and more hours spent “choppin cotton.”

The statue is located in the fields of historic Nash Farm, a living history farm where Grapevine’s 19th century agrarian traditions are preserved. The farm includes the original 1869 farmhouse, historic barn and other structures. The farm raises heritage breed livestock including Gulf Coast sheep, turkeys, and chickens, as well as heirloom field crops and produce.

Ice Cream Social at Nash Farm on July 10

Enjoy the beauty and history of Nash Farm, located at 626 Ball St., and a tasty treat on Saturday, July 10, at Nash Farm’s 1920s Ice Cream Social from 7 p.m. until dark. This family-friendly event features old-fashioned, hand-cranked ice cream, ‘20s music, antique cars, lawn games and more!

Relax in the great outdoors and soak up summer with sundaes, root beer floats, lemonade and watermelon as the Lone Star String Band entertains with their traditional old-time and Texas-style prairie music. Additionally, Jessie Jean will spin 1920s records on an antique phonograph under the shade.

Take a stroll by ‘20s-era antique cars or vintage bicycles from the period while kids of all ages can play old-fashioned lawn games such as croquet, horseshoe pitching and more!

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to the event. Admission is $5 per person, which includes homemade ice cream, refreshments and all activities.


Nash Farm, circa 1859, is the oldest operating farmstead in Tarrant County. Through interpretive programs, events and exhibits, Nash Farm educates the community about the heritage and importance of the Grape Vine Prairie and Grapevine’s pivotal role in the development of North Texas.

A variety of programs and special events held throughout the year offer guests a unique learning experience in a historic setting. Remaining events include First Fridays at the Farm, Heritage Workshops, Barn Dance and Fall Round-Up. Volunteer opportunities at Nash Farm are available through the Nash Farmhand Program.

To purchase tickets or for more information about Nash Farm’s 1920s Ice Cream Social, please call 817.410.3185 or visit

Have an “Udderly” good time at Nash Farm’s dairy day

In the “mooo-ed” for summer fun? Cool off at Nash Farm’s Dairy Day on Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to Noon. Learn about 19th century dairy processes, including cheese making, butter churning, hand-cranked ice cream, early refrigeration methods and more. Nash Farm also will have cooking with dairy demonstrations on their wood-fired stove.

Guests of all ages will enjoy learning through hands-on activities and educational demonstrations by Southwest Dairy Farmers.

All New For 2021: Learn to milk a goat! In addition to drinking it, goat’s milk may be used in making cheese, yogurt, fudge and candy, as well as soaps and lotions. Goat’s milk soaps and lotions will also be available for purchase at this event.

Southwest Dairy Farmers will be onsite with its mobile dairy classroom, which features a live cow. Guests will watch milking demonstrations, learn about the importance of dairy and hear the process of how milk travels from the farm to the carton in the refrigerator.

Other activities throughout the event include wagon rides; interactions with heritage animals, such as sheep, turkeys and chickens; shopping at the Nash Farm Store; tours of the Historic Farm House and more.

Admission for the event is $3 per person and includes all activities. All proceeds support education programs at Nash Farm.

Nash Farm is located at 626 Ball St. in Grapevine, Texas.

Get Into the Swing of Spring at Nash Farm’s Annual 1860s Baseball Game on May 1

Calling all baseball fans! Experience Grapevine’s annual 1860s Vintage Ballgame at Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) on Saturday, May 1. Cheer on the teams as they play no glove baseball with 1860s rules in a Town Ball exposition game, complete with historic uniforms. Gates open at 5 p.m. with concessions and a carnival midway. The first pitch of Game 1 is at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, and includes popcorn and lemonade. Additional concessions of hot dogs, Sloppy Joes and more will be available. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

The Town Ball exposition game, played using 1860s rules, regulations and terminology, includes the use of a larger, heavier but softer ball known as a “horsehide” or “onion.” In place of a typical baseball diamond, the game will be played on a square playing field with a batting plate and four stakes with flags serving as bases. Five positions make up the field-of-play. Players will make the experience authentic as they wear the historic 1860s uniforms. Batters will be known as strikers, and the use of gloves is not permitted as they were not used during that time period.

This heritage event pays homage to Grapevine’s rich baseball history, which began with the first organized team, the Grapevine Browns, in 1907. The Grapevine Browns were the sons of early settlers and traveled by wagon to and from games against other area teams. Grapevine’s original ballpark was located at the north end of Main Street. Ball Street, where Nash Farm is located, is named so because it led out to the baseball fields.

For more information about the 1860s Vintage Ballgame, Nash Farm or to purchase tickets, please call 817.410.3185 or visit

Editor’s Corner: Why my dad loved this farm

By Stacey Doud

My dad and stepmom came up from Houston to visit me this weekend. My dad’s birthday is always right around Father’s Day, which is partly handy and partly yucky. It’s like a person having a birthday around Christmas – double gifts or one big one? This year, I gave him the gift of my time, as we don’t get to see each other as much since I moved to Grapevine from the Houston area.

I decided to act as a tour guide as we drove around Grapevine. There is so much to do here! But knowing my father and my stepmom, I decided to show them Nash Farm first.

I have been there several times, so I got to tell them a little about the history. Thomas Jefferson Nash and his family bought 450 acres in Grapevine in 1859. Over the years, it got sold off, and what remains is a little over five acres of land, which is used as a working farm, as well as a tourist attraction and a tribute to the Nash family and Grapevine’s history.

Nash built the house on the property in 1869, and the folks at Nash Farm and the Heritage Society in Grapevine have renovated it and keep it in superb condition. All of the furniture, clothing, kitchen tools and décor are either original to the house or are items that one would find in the late 1800’s.

Outside, they keep chickens, turkeys, sheep and Leroy the Barn Cat. The Farm Store offers all kinds of information and wares that were common in the 1800’s, even though a bonnet may have been sewn last week. The craftsmanship shows that the folks that work and volunteer there really care about what they are doing.

They hold all kinds of fun events. The next thing on their calendar is an Ice Cream Social where folks can enjoy homemade ice cream while learning about the Farm, as well as farming itself.

I drive by Nash Farm a lot, just in my local city travels. I get to see the big field of crops that are grown out front. The crops are changed out by season. Right now, they are harvesting wheat and growing corn. As with everything at Nash Farm, it is obvious that they offer the best, grown with close attention, loving care and a bit of science.

My dad really enjoyed looking at the antique tractors and other farm equipment. My stepmom fell in love with the turkeys, so I didn’t mention that they would be someone’s Thanksgiving dinner.

The employees and volunteers dress in 1920’s clothing and may be found churning butter or sewing a bonnet on an authentic foot-powered sewing machine from that time.

The trip to Nash Farm was a big hit with my family, and they want to come back again to see more.

To learn more about Nash Farm, visit

Nash Farm Fall Roundup Oct 20


For more information, click HERE.

Nash Farm 2019 Workshop tickets on sale now

43000376_10156321287665033_8374811804836036608_nIt’s October and we are thinking Fall at Nash Farm. Today the 2019 Workshop Tickets are on sale! Go to our Facebook Page to read more info or buy tickets. They make great Christmas gifts!

  • January – Hog Butchering
  • February – Victorian Candy
  • March – Wood Stove Cooking
  • May – Cheese Making
  • June – 1920s “One Hour Dress” 

…….and we might add a couple more.

For more information about Nash Farm, click HERE.