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Opal Lawrence Historical Park

Don’t miss the rare painted ceilings in the Opal Lawrence house, the centerpiece of the Opal Lawrence Historical Park, depicting the agricultural lifestyle of one of Mesquite’s earliest families. Stephen Decatur Lawrence, son of John P. Lawrence of Maryland and Fannie Coats Lawrence of Tennessee, began building the Mesquite landmark Lawrence house in 1874 when he completed three rooms. In 1882, contractor Charley Florrer made an additional 14 rooms.

The home, which is considered Texas prairie vernacular styling, is basically in the same condition as it was originally built, with few modifications over the years. Outbuildings include a smokehouse, brick-lined root cellar, a wash house, a large livestock barn (also made by Mr. Florrer in 1887), and mule barn. Assorted chicken coops also still are intact. See a late 1800s barn, a log cabin, and a nature trail. The park is also the location for the headquarters of Historic Mesquite, Inc. in the historic Noah Range Farmhouse.

Reservation Information

  • Reservations are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 10 am with last available tour starting at 2 pm. Tours begin on the hour.
  • Reservations to visit Opal Lawrence Historical Park are encouraged as tour times are limited.
  • Fourth Saturday reservations are available 10 am to 1 pm on July 25, Aug 22, and Sept 26. Saturday reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance and are only available on the fourth Saturday of the month.

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

On site, visitors can expect to:

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