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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Texas Rangers Exhibit

Texas Rangers Exhibit at Fielder Museum

The Texas Rangers baseball franchise was established in 1961 as the Washington Senators, an expansion team awarded to Washington, D.C. after the city's first AL ballclub, the second Washington Senators, moved to Minnesota and became the Twins. After the 1971 season, the new Senators moved to Arlington and debuted as the Texas Rangers the following spring.

Starting July 3 and running through October 23, the Fielder Museum will feature an exhibit illuminating the history of this legendary franchise and celebrating its importance to Arlington's well-earned title of Entertainment Capital of Texas.

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.

In Memoriam: Gayle Hanson

It is with sadness and respect that we announce the death of former Arlington Historical Society member Gayle Hanson. Gayle was an effective board member, bringing valuable work and insight to our programs with her talent for historical research covering slavery to WWII, and also family history. Gayle's work with our junior historians also brought tremendous value to our organization.

Gayle was CEO of Texas Historical and Ancestry Researchers, an organization dedicated to encouraging, promoting, and educating in the study of black history and family genealogy.

She will be missed, and always respected.


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

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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Arlington, Texas and Bad Königshofen, Germany: 70 Years as Sister Cities

Arlington, Texas and Bad Königshofen, Germany: 70 Years as Sister Cities

The relationship between Arlington and the Bavarian town of Bad Königshofen began as letters between pen pals that turned into a post-World War II...

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