McPherson Farmhouse Bid
Grapevine Township Revitalization Project
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McPherson Farmhouse History
The McPherson Farmhouse, constructed in 1886, is the sixth oldest house remaining in Grapevine. Older remaining houses are the Torian Cabin, 1845; the Payne-Fuller House, 1865; the Nash Farmhouse, 1869; the Bushong Log Cabin, 1871; and the Dorris-Brock Farmhouse, 1885.
Thomas Jefferson and his wife, Mary Starling McPherson, arrived in Grapevine from Alabama in 1893 and rented the Millard farm for five years. In December 1898 they purchased 360 acres and a two-story frame farmhouse from P. D. Hudgins; there Thomas and Mary lived the remaining years of their lives. The large L-Plan farmhouse with one and two-story wings was built on August 21, 1886, according to the inscription on a large rectangular sand rock used as a front step. The step remains and will also be moved to its new location at 608 South Dooley Street.
The McPherson family descendants have continuously occupied the house until earlier in 2017 when the remaining 4.2 acres of the farm were sold.
Thomas McPherson’s son, John, was also a farmer and worked the family land all his life. At the McPherson farm they grew tomatoes, watermelons, corn and cantaloupes. John McPherson also raised prized American Fox Hounds and conducted fox hunts in and around the Grapevine area. He was also an excellent musician on the fiddle, bass fiddle and banjo and was a member of the Grapevine Rabbit Twisters band which performed at WFAA Radio – the station was located north of today’s DFW north entry gates.
This farmhouse represents numerous eras of Grapevine history – the reconstruction period after the Civil War when many families moved to Texas to begin a new life here; the 1930s and 40s era when radio became the top form of entertainment and local radio stations filled the airways with music and local news; the truck farming era when Grapevine became known nation-wide for the production of its fine cantaloupes; the DFW airport-development years when Grapevine transitioned from an agricultural-based economy to a business economy and large farmsteads transitioned to residential neighborhood development; and the era of historic preservation when structures important to Grapevine’s past are preserved and repurposed for the future.