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Florence Ranch Homestead

The Florence Ranch Homestead is an outstanding example of late 19th century rural Texas architecture and early pioneer ranching. David W. and Julia Savannah (Beaty) Florence built the first portion of this ranch house in 1871-72 after moving here from Van Zandt County. Elaborate wood trim decorates the gallery of the simple frame structure.

The house was enlarged by the 1890s when the Florence Homestead covered 730 acres. Florence retired in 1908, and his son Emet ( and Emet’s wife Perle continued to run the ranch, known as Meadow View Farm. Florence Schulz and her daughter (Florence’s granddaughter), Julie Schulz Morris, donated the homestead to the City of Mesquite in 1987.

Reservation Information

  • Reservations are available on Fridays, beginning at 10 am with last available tour starting at 2 pm. Tours begin on the hour.
  • Reservations to visit Florence Ranch Homestead are required at least 24 hours in advance, and are available on Fridays and the second Saturday of each month.
  • Second Saturday reservations are available 10 am to 1 pm on July 11, Aug 8, and Sept 12.

Call 972-216-6468 to reserve a time to visit.

Remote payment will be taken via phone when a reservation is made.

Due to the pandemic:

  • Tours are limited to one group at a time. A group is defined as no more than 10 persons including the members of the household and those persons who traveled together to the facility or on the same reservation.
  • State of Texas Protocols for Museum Visitors

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