Heritage Farmstead Museum to celebrate 50 years with new exhibit

Photo by Heritage Farmstead Museum.
Heritage Farmstead Museum is celebrating their 50th anniversary with installations all year long, starting with an Ammie Wilson exhibit.

The Heritage Farmstead Museum is set to celebrate their 50th anniversary this year with a new exhibit in the Farrell-Wilson house. The exhibit, themed “Miss Ammie, A Legend in Her Golden Age,” details the life of Ammie Wilson,  a 19th century Planonite known for raising purebred sheep.

Ammie Wilson with baby sheep. Photo by Heritage Farmstead Museum.

“At age twenty, “Miss Ammie” married Dr. Woods Lynch and had a son George, her only child, before divorcing a few years later. Her subsequent marriage to Dudley Wilson lasted 53 years,” the museum’s website said. “Miss Ammie is best known as a champion sheep breeder. Up until her death in 1972, she consistently won prizes for her animals at major stock shows. Ammie Wilson was a successful woman in a male-dominated business – a true pioneer.”

The exhibit will open with a private event for members and donors on Friday, Sept. 29 from 6-8 p.m. where guests will tour the Farrell-Wilson house, receive a commemorative t-shirt and a glass to celebrate the golden anniversary.

The Plano Heritage Association received the donation of the farmstead’s historical farmhouse, its outbuildings and the ground lease of the acreage they sat on from Hunt Properties in 1973. The association, now known as Heritage Farmstead Museum, will host many activities all year-long to celebrate the museum’s 50th anniversary.

“We are delighted to be celebrating our golden anniversary,” said Heritage Farmstead Museum Executive Director M’Lou Hyttinen. “The farmstead is a rare testimony to the agricultural heritage of North Texas and is a priceless landmark linking our community with its past.”
The Ammie Wilson exhibit will be on display through September 2024 with a $5 general admission or $10 for a docent-guided house tour. Grounds are open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for self-guided and docent-guided tours.
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