A.W. Perry Homestead Museum

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Museum Photos Strip 2
 1509 N. Perry Road  
Tour Hours
Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, 11 am and 1 pm, and also by appointment. 

Call 972-466-6380 to schedule your appointment.


Online Registration for:    

School Tours

Group Tours

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Upcoming Events

Traveling Trunks - 
History Mystery Trunk     School Days Trunk
Tours/Programs  - 
Tours     A.W. Perry Cemetery Tour

Museum Survey
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Facility survey 
 Activity/class survey   Brochure

The A.W. Perry Homestead Museum offers a glimpse of life as it was in north central Texas at the turn of the 20th Century. A.W. and Sarah (Huffman) Perry were pioneer homesteaders of Peters Colony who came to Carrollton in the year 1844 from Carrollton, Illinois. They claimed 640 acres and built a house on this farm in 1857. In 1909, their son Dewitt Perry and his wife Francis (Grimes) tore down the first house and used some of the lumber to build the present day house. This structure is now the Museum, restored in 1976 for the bicentennial. You can still find the foundation stones of the first Perry farmhouse in the backyard of the Museum. Designated a historic landmark in 1977 by the Texas Historical Commission.

Gravley Park contains 13 acres adjacent to the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum. The park was dedicated to the city by Mrs. Pearl Perry Gravley. The facility includes walking paths, park benches, drinking fountain, and parking. Working with the Perry Society, a 501(c) 3 organization, the city has recently installed a 20’ gazebo in honor of Milburn Gravley, one of Carrollton’s Mayors. The gazebo design complements the A.W. Perry House as it reflects the Victorian period. The gazebo enhances the use of the property via rentals, community events, and city programs.

Milburn Gravley Gazebo
Perry gazebo 7-2019 


A. W. Perry Homestead Museum Society
The Perry Society is a support organization with the mission to assist in preserving the history of Carrollton by strengthening community interest in the A. W. Perry Homestead Museum and to provide financial and volunteer support to the activities of the Museum and its staff. 

Perry Society - Projects and Membership Information 
Perry Society - Membership Application and Renewal - pdf format
Perry Society - Membership Application and Renewal - Word format


Vintage Base Ball
The Perry Homestead has its own Vintage Base Ball Team! The Carrollton Elites play other vintage teams from surrounding cities like Farmers Branch, Plano, Irving, Lewisville, and others. They follow 1860s rules and provide hands-on living history demonstrations but they’re also competitive teams. Our uniforms are reproductions from the original 1910s Carrollton team of the same name. At that time, Carrollton’s Elite Café (pronounced E-Light) sponsored the team, hence the name! Follow us on the Carrollton Elites Base Ball Club Facebook page.  

photo of original Elite team
circa 1917


photoe of 2013 Elite team

 Vintage Base Ball Rules and Terminology 
The Perry Homestead Museum In The News!

Please use this link to an interview shown on CW33.


 Facility Rental
The grounds may be reserved for weddings, photography and other special occasions. Please call 972-466-9816 for more information on museum rentals.
 Museum Rental Application  Refund Policy
 Information on Alcohol at Rental  Refund Request Form


Professional photographers are welcome to use the grounds of the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum and Pearl Perry Park as a backdrop for their business. The Perry Homestead often schedules tours, programs and site rentals outside of its regular posted hours. Professional photographers should check the Perry Homestead’s schedule before booking their photo shoots to avoid potential conflicts. Photography Guidelines.

Calling All Volunteers!

The Museum has volunteer opportunities available all year. We are always in need of volunteer tour guides/docents for our school and group tours, and special events volunteers to help with our Old Fashioned Christmas, Silent Film Series, Mother's Day Concert, and birthday parties. Research and other opportunities are also available. Call the Museum at 972-466-6381 for more information, or email John.Swindle@cityofcarrollton.com for more information.


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