Marty and I have driven by Bracken Village once before, when we first moved here and our pastor and his wife took us to San Antonio to see Christmas lights. One of the places they drove by was Bracken Village. Even in the dark I knew it was a place I'd like to return to visit. It took a few years but we finally found our way back!
We poked around in a few of the shops. In one shop the owner, Ruth Ann, gave us lots of information and history of the village. Apparently it is 20 acres of what used to be a farm. Mr. Travis buys old homes, moves them to the village, restores them, and turns them into shops. Part of the original farm buildings are still there, including the big red barn. One of the yellow houses used to be a train depot. It was fascinating to visit Bracken Village and to learn of some of its history. Ruth Ann also told us that the Friday and Saturday evenings of the 1st and 2nd weekends in December are Dickens days and all the shop keepers and even some of the visitors dress accordingly. Carriages are available for rides through the village and farm. Guess where I'll be begging Marty to take me come December??!!!
The red barn that was part of the original farm.
A windmill at the entrance.
A large gazebo at the center of the village.
The shop Ruth Ann runs:
This is how some of the buildings look upon arrival:
I loved this shop, especially the porch!
Even the yards of each shop are decorated.
Sepia tones seem to compliment some of these settings.
Isn't this whole village a pretty setting?
The porch railing of one of the shops.