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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New Feature Article: Jonathan Bird's Fort: Birthplace of the DFW Metroplex

This new feature article, written by acclaimed Texas historian and author J.R. Edmonson, presents a well-researched account of Bird's Fort, the first Anglo settlement in what would become the DFW Metroplex.

Fort Worth journalist Mike Nichols writes in his Hometown by Handlebar blog:

Calloway Lake’s whispers tell us of the first white settlers in Tarrant County, of the “there goes the neighborhood” resentment of long-resident Native Americans, of death in the snow on a Christmas Day, of General Edward H. Tarrant and President Sam Houston and John Neely Bryan and a nascent settlement to the east called “Dallas.”

Knapp Heritage Park Songwriter Circle

Songwriter Circle Series at Knapp Heritage Park

Join us at Knapp Heritage Park Wednesday nights in November and enjoy original music from talented regional songwriters in a relaxed, historical setting.

The series will run November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, and we hope to see you there!


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Going Home to Arlington

New Article: Going Home to Arlington

How do you find a folksy town of 7,500 people 20 years later in a sprawling city of 110,000?

Texas Monthly has granted generous permission to allow AHS to reprint an outstanding 1974 article by the late Texan journalist Gary Cartwright. The article provides a snapshot within a snapshot of a very poignant homecoming.


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Arlington Heritage Memorial Grounds ENtrance

Major Grant Awarded

Arlington Heritage Memorial Grounds Corporation is very pleased to announce that Arlington Tomorrow Foundation has approved a grant in the amount of $90,000 for the continued improvement of the memorial grounds located on West Arkansas Lane in Arlington. Originally three separate cemeteries, the grounds represent a significant portion of the history of the City of Arlington. Improvements to the memorial grounds will support the education of AISD students, historians, descendants and visitors via QR codes that will be installed to tell the stories of individuals buried there.

The generous grant from Arlington Tomorrow Foundation will ensure that the history of the City of Arlington will be preserved and shared.

Much gratitude to the Board of Arlington Tomorrow Foundation for this significant expression of support.


New Facebook Group: Friends of Bird's Fort

The settlers christened the oxbow "Lake Sophia". They used the curvature of her eastern bank to establish their settlement in a position of natural defense against the Indian tribes that inhabited the area. The year was 1841, a significant one for the birth of what would become the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. This initial fledgling settlement became known as Bird's Fort.

In 2022, the oxbow lake and it's immediate surroundings are one of the last vestiges of North Texas wilderness to remain relatively unchanged. It lies all but hidden in the heart of Arlington's bustling Viridian development. This place is, in every respect, the birthplace of DFW. It is one of the most historically significant sites in North Texas, and yet it is in grave danger of losing its historical identity, of disappearing altogether.

Our mission is to preserve the site as well as its history. Won't you join us?


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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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Recent AHS Feature Articles

General Edward H. Tarrant and the Men Who Rode to Village Creek

The seventy men rode in the semblance of a military column through the north Texas prairie, the grass tall and still green from the spring rains. However, the men's clothing displayed no semblance of military uniform. They wore coats, vests, shirts, and breeches of homespun cotton or wool...

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Recent AHS History Articles

Going Home to Arlington

Going Home to Arlington

I COULD ALREADY SMELL LILLARD’S hog farm. At the crest of the hill we would be able to see the roof of Top O’ the Hill...

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Great Women of Arlington

Great Women of Arlington

Pick up virtually any book of history and chances are that 90 percent of the material within it will be about the achievements of men...

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Ross Dee Hunt: “His life an ideal - his memory an inspiration”

Ross Dee Hunt: “His life an ideal - his memory an inspiration”

Seaman 2c Ross Dee Hunt (1918-1944) was a young Black man from Arlington killed in World War II's Port Chicago military disaster. He received...

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