Visit Denton County Historical Park

Park shows glimpses of past moments lost in time

By Sara Story
|  Friday, Sep 2, 2011  |  Updated 6:15 PM CDT
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The Denton County Historical Park has a collection of museums that are more than 100 years old.

Sara Story, NBCDFW.com

The Denton County Historical Park has a collection of museums that are more than 100 years old.

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The Denton County Historical Park takes people back in time. It's a collection of museums that are more than 100 years old and it's just a few blocks from the downtown square.

Museum curators said the park is a way to hold on to the rapidly changing community.

"Denton County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state of Texas," museum curator Kim Cupit said. "I graduated with a class of 40 and I'm not even sure how large their classes are now."

The Historical Park continues to grow and each building has a story of it's own.

"The story starts with how we acquire them," Cupit said.

The Bayless-Selby Home and the African American Museum were rescued and restored in the City of Denton. They are the park's main attractions.

"People can come to the African American Museum and learn about a subject that has been a hidden history part of Denton that is a very important part of our city," Cupit said.

"We want to give them a perspective of what life was like more than 100 years ago," museum docent Paula Mears said. "Learning the history of a place and learning the stories of the people from that place helps you connect with the community and gives you a sense of belonging to the community."

The Denton County Historical Committee is restoring several more buildings for people to visit as well.

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