Penn Farm Agricultural Heritage Center

2020 | April 20 - Texas State Parks re-open for day use only

AUSTIN - After a brief closure, TPWD has modified their operations to allow Texas State Parks to open for day use only. Cedar Hill State Park capacity is limited so visitors are encouraged to plan ahead. Parks will continue to stay current with the latest public health recommendations including required face coverings, no groups larger than five (5) people, and maintain six feet (6’) social distancing. [Read More]


2020 | April 7 - Texas State Parks Temporarily Close to the Public 
AUSTIN - At the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas State Parks will be closed to the public effective at the close of business Tuesday, April 7 in order to maintain the safest environment for visitors, volunteers and staff.  [Read More]

March 30 | 2020 - Message from Texas State Parks Director, Rodney Franklin

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2020  |  March 25 - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has been notified of a presumed positive case of COVID-19 at Cedar Hill State Park. Out of an abundance of caution, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department made the immediate decision to close Cedar Hill State Park until further notice.  We recommend that customers who visited the park over the past few days be mindful of how they are feeling and reach out to their primary care physician if they do not feel well. Please continue to take the preventative steps as directed by the CDC and local health officials. For updated information visit the TPWD News & Media web page.

Cultivating HistoryPenn Farm at Cedar Hill State Parks

Penn Farm Agricultural History Center is located on land once owned by John Wesley Penn and his descendants. They grazed cattle and horses on the native grasses for over a century.

The diverse land types of the Cedar Mountain escarpment and Mountain Creek bottomland was ideal for cultivating traditional crops, and featured an orchard as well as pastures for grazing.

The center pays tribute to the Penn Farm and other small, middle-class farmsteads that once occupied this area and affords a glimpse into the evolution of machinery that replaced the horse and mule.

Penn Farm has a very relaxing atmosphere and is perfect for family outings. It features reconstructed and historic buildings from the mid-1800s through the mid-1900s. The center is part of Cedar Hill State Park and is open 7 days a week. Visitors can enjoy self-guided tours anytime or call to arrange a guided tour for school and other groups led by park docents.