After lunch we took a walking tour of Millard’s Crossing Historic Village on US 59 north of town. The restoration project was begun in 1968 by Lera Millard Thomas, wife of former Congressman Albert Thomas. All the 19th-century buildings were moved from their original locations in and near Nacogdoches to the present location, where they were restored. We had an interesting introduction at the Burrows House (1867-1874), which serves as the visitor center. Then we walked around on our own to see several of the buildings. Not all of them were open.
Because the village also serves as an educational center, there were hands-on activities designed especially for children: pull up a bucket of water from the well at the Burrows House, plow the vegetable garden, operate a water pump, ring the church bell, use a change-making/sorting machine, use a quill pen and ink in the school house, play the 1895 pump organ (I played a hymn on it!) and play corn cob darts or anty over.