Carrollton boasts twenty-five official historic sites around the city, providing an opportunity to both visitors and citizens to learn about the city’s heritage. A brochure and self-guided tour map is downloadable from the history page on the City’s website.
The original community of Carrollton, established in 1878, first settled around natural springs, camping and erecting cabins in the location known today as Perry Park (site of an early Republic of Texas land grant). Soils were rich and rainfall plenty, providing settlers with a menu of hearty meals that included buffalo ham, salted pecans, jack rabbit with onions, venison, prairie hen fricassee, dried peaches, pig plums, and cucumber pickles. A well-fed community is also a thriving community and Carrollton experienced significant growth throughout the last half of the 19th century, building businesses and serving as shipping center for agricultural goods courtesy of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company.
In 1908, a major flood destroyed many of the homes in downtown Carrollton, encouraging citizens to establish a new neighborhood on higher ground known as Carrollton Heights. Today, the Carrollton Heights Historic District encapsulates the entire evolution of American domestic architecture that occurred between 1910 and 1960. This remarkable collection of middle-class homes represents almost every style of architecture developed during the period including Craftsman bungalow, post-war Mid-century Modern, and Ranch-style, all built alongside Prairie-style homes and the traditional Tudor and Colonial Revival styles popular during the first half of the 20th century.
Elsewhere in historic Carrollton, the A. W. Perry Homestead Museum represents Carrollton’s land grant heritage. DeWitt C. Perry, son of A. W. who was a member of the original Peters Colony (recipient of a land grant courtesy of the Republic of Texas), built this homestead using materials salvaged from his father’s 1857 home.