Arlington Historical Society: Connecting Past, Present, & Future

The Arlington Historical Society, originally called the Cemetery Society, was founded August 27, 1887, to promote, develop, and support the process of collecting and preserving documents, pictures, and historical information pertaining to the founding and growth of Arlington, Texas.

Today the Society remains dedicated to the preservation of local history while serving as caretaker of the historic Fielder House where we are headquartered, the Fielder Museum, the city's historic cemeteries, and the Knapp Heritage Park.

The Fielder Museum is located at 1616 W. Abram Street, Arlington, TX 76013, and is open 11AM to 3PM Tuesday through Saturday and other times by appointment. Admission is $5.00 for ages 12 and over, free for children under 12... LEARN MORE

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Holiday Tour of Homes

Visit five lovely Arlington homes, including the Fielder House, decked in Christmas finery to bring you into the holiday spirit! Tickets include access to the Curnutt's, Sargent's, Jacobson's, and Campbell's homes between 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Support the Arlington Historical Society and the Junior League of Arlington—Proceeds from ticket sales will go to both organizations!

For tickets and additional information: https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/ticketing/6ef250f6-908e-4d4d-8a21-a4cbabfde2e3 — or come by the Fielder House between 11:00am and 3:00pm beginning Monday, December 4th.

We hope you will come join us!

All the Way from the North Pole!

Singing elves, dancing reindeer, and Santa himself invite you to Kringle Village at Knapp Heritage Park for food, fun and family friendly festivities!

Games and prizes! Food and drink! Live entertainment!

Shop our holiday market for secret Santa surprises, stocking stuffers or a little something special just for you!

Make a meal of tasty hot tamales on site or pick up frozen tamales to go for your family's holiday feast!

Two weekends - save the date!
Dec. 2nd & 3rd (Saturday and Sunday)
Dec. 16th & 17th (Saturday and Sunday)

Knapp Heritage Park 201 W. Front Arlington, TX 76011
1:00pm - 5:00pm

https://www.dancetheatrearlington.org/kringle-village

All ages welcome!

Entry: $10, Children 12 & under FREE!

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Texas Authors Book Club Returns!

We’re excited to announce that the Texas Authors Book Club returns this fall. Sessions will be held monthly on the third Thursdays at Fielder Museum, from September to June, with a break in December for the holidays. Each month features a different book by a notable Texas author such as J. Frank Dobie, Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy, and others. With an exciting mix of books, and each month alternating between nonfiction and fiction, there’s something for everyone. The Texas Authors Book Club is a collaboration between the Arlington Historical Society and the Arlington Public Library.

Books are not provided to participants, but are available at the Arlington Public Library, used bookstores, or online. Feel free to attend one or all the sessions!

Below are the scheduled dates and featured books. Sessions start at 6:30 PM.

  • September 21: The Longhorns by J. Frank Dobie (nonfiction)
  • October 19: Horseman, Pass By by Larry McMurtry (fiction)
  • November 16: Goodbye to a River by John Graves (nonfiction)
  • December: No session
  • January 18: Empire of the Southern Moon by S.C. Gwynne (nonfiction)
  • February 15: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (fiction)
  • March 21: The Great Plains by Walter Prescott Webb (nonfiction)
  • April 18: The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook (fiction)
  • May 16: In a Narrow Grave by Larry McMurtry (nonfiction)
  • June 20: The Gay Place by Billy Lee Brammer (fiction)
Caddos, Cotton and Cowboys: Essays on Arlington, Texas Book Cover

New 4th Edition - Caddos, Cotton and Cowboys: Essays on Arlington, Texas

Caddos, Cotton and Cowboys: Essays on Arlington, Texas, takes readers on a journey through one of the most intriguing communities in the country. Located midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington is home to the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers baseball team, the original Six Flags Over Texas and the sprawling University of Texas at Arlington. The journey begins with a besieged fort on the muddy banks of the Trinity River and follows Arlington as it transitions from a pioneer village. That 180-year journey includes big time gambling (some legal and some not), gangsters and gunfights, opportunistic capitalism and a mix of shrewd and lucky politics that transform the city -- now with 400,000 people -- to a sports, entertainment and higher education Mecca.

Pick up your copy at the Fielder Museum or online at AMAZON.COM!

Focus on: Knapp Heritage Park



Knapp Heritage Park
201 Front St.
Arlington, TX 76011


Learning Arlington's History

Children from Saint Joseph's Catholic school are enjoying a day at Knapp Heritage Park. The children are learning what it was like to live in the pioneer days.


AHS Venues

Arlington Fielder House

Fielder Museum

The historic Fielder Museum is home to the Arlington Historical Society and features themed exhibits and collections relating to the history and heritage of Arlington.


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Arlington Knapp Heritage Park

Knapp Heritage Park

Knapp Heritage Park is home to three of Arlington's oldest structures and serves as a public cultural and heritage facility. The Park is available for school tours, rentals, and more.


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Arlington Heritage Memorial Grounds

Arlington Heritage Memorial Grounds

The Arlington Heritage Memorial Grounds consists of three independently established cemeteries which serve as a monument to the history of Arlington and Tarrant County.


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