Russell Farm Supervisor
405 W. County Road 714
Monday & Tuesday
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday & Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday & Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Russell Farm is an historic farm on the south side of Burleson that was donated to the City of Burleson in October 2011 by the Boren family for historical, art and agricultural/natural uses. Charlie and Louise Boren transformed the farm into the Russell Farm Art Center
. The property was renamed Russell Farm when the farm was donated to the City. The 30-acre property is located at 405 W. County Road 714. The City envisions Russell Farm to be a center for life, history and art.
Historic and art programs are being planned by two advisory committees created by the Burleson City Council. These programs are being conducted in the public areas which comprise about 11 acres of the farm. A public garden is being planned for this area as well.
The City is in discussions with the Burleson Independent School District to utilize approximately 16 acres of the property for the district’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) program. The City and BISD envision FFA participants utilizing the property to house livestock for stock shows and as a field laboratory for ranchland training. Approximately three acres will be preserved as a natural grassland and vegetation reserve.
Guided tours of Russell Farm are available on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Visitors are greeted by characters from Burleson’s past dressed in period appropriate clothes.
“Docents will tell stories of the families who lived here and demonstrate how the house grew from the original three-room home to the much larger home it is today,” said Gary Burkins, Russell Farm supervisor.
Visitors will be treated to a wide range of historical artifacts, such as a 1918 Edison Victrola and an icebox that preceded present day refrigerators. Additionally, the several buildings comprising the Russell Farm contain many works of art, including sculptures, paintings, and other artwork. Some of the sculptures are work of the renowned artist, Charlie Boren, who owned the property until he and his wife, Louise, donated it to the City. Local artists will be on site, working on their own creations.
The Russell Farm historical site also hosts a variety of community events each year, such as an Easter Egg Hunt and Christmas at the Farm. The facilities are also available to be rented for special occasions.