Do you want to learn more about the history of the Russell-Boren House at the City’s Russell Farm? Thanks to a team of volunteers, you can take a free guided tour of the farmhouse on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The farm is located at 405 West CR 714. Built in 1877 by the recently
widowed Martha Glenn Russell, an independent pioneer woman, the house
sheltered not only Martha and her 5 children but also descendants of the
Russell family for 135 years.
Martha & Her Husband
Martha and her husband, Dr. Robert Russell, moved to the Marystown
community, Johnson County, in 1874. He built a country store and
practiced medicine. When the doctor died 2 years later, Martha sold the
store and bought 540 acres of land at what would become Russell Farm.
She and her 5 children moved in to the 3-room house on Christmas Eve
1877. Even today, the central core of the farmhouse is made up of 2 of
the 3 original rooms built in 1877.
“Docents will tell stories
of the families who lived here and demonstrate how the house grew from
the original 3-room home to the much larger home it is today,” Gary
Burkins, Russell Farm supervisor, said. “Guests will not only see a
house filled with antiques that were considered modern at one time, but a
house which was also home to the artist Charlie Boren and his wife
Louise until 2011 when they donated the farm to the City of Burleson.
When visiting the Russell-Boren home, guests will understand better how
rural citizens of Burleson lived, worked and played in earlier years.”
The antiques on display include a 1918 Edison Victrola and the icebox that preceded present day refrigerators.
Those Best Suited for Tour
The tour is best suited for students middle-school aged and older. The
students should be accompanied by their teacher or parents. For more
information call Russell Farm at 817-447-3316.