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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

  • Hours are currently Friday from 10:30 am to 3:30 p.m. and on the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Last tour begins one hour before closing.
  • Drop-ins are welcome, but reservations are encouraged.
  • Call 972-216-6468 to reserve a time to visit.

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


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