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Blast from the Past: Front St. Festival Takes Arlington Back in Time

The Arlington Historical Society is dedicated to keeping the rich history of Arlington alive for today’s community.  The society works to preserve local history, such as the Fielder House, Fielder Museum, Historic Cemeteries on Arkansas Lane and Knapp Heritage Park. They are also instrumental in honoring the past through historical markers, like the Bankhead Highway. The marker was dedicated on June 23, 2013 and is located at the corner of E. Division St. and Center St. Currently, the Arlington Historical Society is fighting for a WWII memorial to be kept in Downtown near the Central Library. More than 5,000 young students from North Texas Agricultural College (now UT Arlington) served in the war, thus making the memorial’s proximity to Downtown very important.

On Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Arlington Historical Society will be hosting their 10th annual Font St. Festival. The event has a variety of activities, many of which are geared towards families. The Tarrant County Archaeological Society will be hosting a dig where kids can actually dust off “real” artifacts, such as a flint, to then use to make an arrowhead. People of all ages can enjoy making a corn husk doll or watch the Artisan Blacksmith create a take-home souvenir, like a heart.

To really help you get in the pioneer mood, there will be cabin tours of Knapp Heritage Park and a reenactment of what school was like in the one room schoolhouse. If you’re more in to modern day entertainment, don’t worry - there will be plenty for you! Miss Persis Dance studio will perform, jewelry will be for sale, and some good ‘ol BBQ will be served up. For only $3, the Front St. Festival is a great way to spend a Saturday with your family and learn about our extensive history.