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Weddings with Historic Fort Worth, Inc.

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Historic Fort Worth’s two elegant historic mansions and picturesque gardens are available for parties of all kinds, including weddings, receptions, engagement parties, showers, portraits, and more. Both properties, Thistle Hill and the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House, provide atmospheres unrivaled in Fort Worth. Your guests will enjoy the glow of period fixtures, intricate woodwork, original wall finishes, and colors that hearken back to a romantic time of days past.

The landscaped grounds at Thistle Hill are one and a half acres of green space. Enjoy the 12′ by 125′ illuminated, wrap-around-terrace. McFarland House offers a beautiful sandstone gazebo, a love knot garden, and an expansive brick terrace. The two properties provide a variety of options for indoor and outdoor events, from intimate affairs to parties up to 250 guests.

Thistle Hill and McFarland House can be booked for photography sessions any day of the week. With indoor and outdoor shooting locations, you can find all the variety you need in one venue. The cattle baron mansions of Historic Fort Worth have always made history. Why not make your event a part of that history?

If you are interested booking an event or a portrait session, please complete this inquiry form:

For more information, contact rentals@historicfortworth.org or call 817.332.5875.

Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House
1110 Penn Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

McFarlandWeddingBuilt in 1899, the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House is known as the region’s most intact Queen Anne Victorian residence. Built high on a bluff overlooking the Trinity River, this sophisticated Victorian beauty of a little over 5,000 square feet was designed by English architect Howard Messer for Galveston widow Mrs. George Ball (Sarah) and her son Frank in 1899. The house cost $38,000 to build at a time when the average cost of a home was $2,000 to $4,000. The home was occupied by only three families in its history and remains largely unaltered from its original construction. The late Victorian exterior features turrets, gables, copper finials, a slate tile roof, and a porch of red sandstone and marble. The elaborate interior displays original ornate oak mantles, cornices, coffered ceilings, paneling, and parquet flooring. McFarland House was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1979, and designated as Fort Worth’s second Historic and Cultural Landmark in 1980.

Thistle Hill
1509 Pennsylvania Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76104

ThistleHillWeddingOne of the premier residential landmarks of Fort Worth, Thistle Hill is the most impressive surviving mansion of the cattle baron era. A Georgian Revival mansion in the neighborhood once known as Quality Hill, Thistle Hill epitomizes the architectural grandeur of Fort Worth’s wealthy pioneers. Albert Buckman Wharton, Jr. and Electra Waggoner Wharton, the daughter of wealthy cattleman W.T. Waggoner, moved into this 11,000 square foot, 18-room mansion in 1904.  Originally designed by Sanguinet and Staats, the house was redesigned by the same firm in 1911 when the mansion was purchased for $90,000 by Elizabeth and Winfield Scott.  The main wing of the house is a two and one-half story gambrel-roofed mass with flanking semi-circular bays. Tall chimneys and an immense portico with limestone columns accentuate the home. Red brick walls are sumptuously rimmed in cast stone; the roof is clad in lustrous green tile. Interior features include an entry hall with grand staircase and extensive woodwork. The one and one-half acre fenced grounds, including a very fine carriage house, have survived. The mansion was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1977, and designated as Fort Worth’s first Historic and Cultural Landmark in 1978.