Demolition Complete

The demolition by Craig Randall is finished. Except for some support structures and a few other odds and ends, both buildings are completely gutted.

Here is a photo gallery of what the buildings look like now. We’re still inserting labels though, so give us a little time to finish up on those.

http://www.historicforney.org/home/demolition/

Inside the hardware store, you’ll see a couple of “hanging” walls. These walls are original to the building (1895) and separated the grocery store in back from the dry goods store in front. The boards are tongue and groove, and have “cut” nails in them. The walls are still there for now, as they are part of a support structure holding the roof in place.

Demolition!

Demolition of the inside of our new museum buildings is almost done. Thanks to the hard work of Craig Randall, both buildings (the old hardware store and the old funeral home) are completely gutted.

The next step is construction! Stay tuned!

Hardware Store  Funeral Home

Forney Country – A Great Gift!

Forney Country: A History of Northwestern Kaufman County, Texas is a high-quality, hard bound book of over 300 pages of pure Forney history and culture.

Written by local historian, Jerry Flook, this book traces the evolution of Forney and surrounding rural neighborhoods from their days as Indian hunting grounds to the conclusion of WWII. Packed with first-account stories, photos, newspaper articles, and a ton of information, this book will become a favorite reference in your library.

There are chapters devoted to the natural environment, the schools, the churches, the rural neighborhoods, and the black community. Also included are early maps of Forney’s trails and river crossings, original land surveys and landmarks.

Find out more on our Products page.

To order, send a check or money order for $45 to:
FHPL
Attn: Book Order
PO Box 317
Forney, TX  75126

Using a credit card?  Find Forney Country on Amazon.com! Makes a great gift! Leatherbound and First Editions are also available. Contact historicforney@gmail.com for more information.

Renovation to begin soon

The Board of the Forney Historic Preservation League met in October to review the 95% drawings for the new museum. The drawings were done by the preservation architect team of Quimby-McCoy. Once finalized, the architects will create construction documents which will be used to bid for general contractors. We hope to begin construction very soon.