Fielder House Museum is situated at the corner of Fielder and Abram streets, in Arlington, Texas. This 1914-built, two-storied prairie-style home of James Park and Mattie (Barnes) Fielder houses the permanent collections of the Arlington Historic Society that are related to county culture and history.
Fielder House was one of the earliest brick houses to be built in Arlington. It then crowned a 215-acre hilltop farm and was fondly called the “Home on the Hill." Fielder House was one of the few private homes in those days that had electrical lighting, central heating, a hot-water system, and indoor plumbing.
At a later time – in the late 1970s - when the Fielder Home was slowly heading to its demise, a group of Arlington citizens stepped in and vigorously campaigned for its preservation and restoration. Subsequently, the Fielder Home was opened as Fielder House Museum in April 1980.
The Fielder House Museum collects, preserves, and interprets the historical artifacts and records that have had a direct bearing on the history of Arlington and Texas.
Exhibits include an extensive J. W. Dunlop collection of more than 200 early local photographs, a turn-of-the-century barbershop, turn-of-the-century bedroom, general store, and special exhibits on area history. Changing exhibits are displayed in two separate galleries.
The Fielder House Museum is a creative learning center as well; its education outreach program has been tailored to aid the public schools in their study of local and state history.
The Fielder House Museum is open Wednesday through Friday. Nearby historic cabins are open by appointment only.