We will be touring to the Homestead Heritage in
Waco, TX. It should be a peaceful 2 hour drive to
Waco from Joshua. Upon our arrival, we will get a
tour of their facilities. After our tour, we will eat
lunch at the restaurant on the premises. You will
then have the opportunity to have time on your
own to Craft Village and the different buildings to
view the trades of the Homestead Heritage. On our
drive home, you will have the option to come
directly back or on an extended tour through the
countryside including a crossing over the Brazos
River and an old iron bridge. Here is the information
below for the leaving location, as well as
additional information on Homestead Heritage.
We are leaving the Brookshire’s parking lot at 8
Brookshire’s Grocery Store Parking Lot
1001 Joshua Station Blvd
Joshua, TX 76058
Homestead Heritage is an agrarian and craft-based
intentional Christian community. Its literature
stresses simplicity, sustainability, self-sufficiency,
and cooperation, service and quality craftsmanship.
It also strives to live in peaceful coexistence with
the land, other people and other faiths.
Our 550-acre farm, made up of numerous small
family homesteads, farms with draft animals,
raises its own staple crops. These include wheat,
oats, barley, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet
sorghum, pinto beans, and a cornucopia of fruits
and vegetables. It mills its own grains in the community’s
water-wheel-run gristmill, which is
housed in a historic 250-year-old, hand-hewn,
timber-framed mill. It holds an annual sorghum
festival, harvesting cane and processing it into
sweet syrup through its mule-driven sorghum mill.
Whatever farm or ranch-raised produce the community
itself doesn’t use is sold through
the gristmill, through the community’s restaurant,
through its market, or is given away.
Homestead is internationally known for its quality
craftsmanship. In its Craft Village, the community
has a pottery house, a blacksmith shop, a cheesemaking
house, a woodworking, fine furnituremaking
shop, and a fiber-crafts cottage that features
spinning, knitting, and weaving. These shops
are run by award-winning craftsmen and are open
year-round to the public.
Homestead furniture makers have won top awards
across the country and, by Presidential request,
contributed fine pieces to the permanent White
House Collection. Their work has been featured in
numerous national publications.
The highest quality crafts, which either journeymen
or master craftsmen create, are sold year-round in
the eighteenth-century barn that the community
restored and erected in their Craft Village. Numerous
other restored eighteenth- and nineteenthcentury
historic structures also serve the community’s
own needs as seminar rooms, a weaving and
spinning workshop, a gristmill as well as cheese
making, bread making and food preservation classrooms.
608 Dry Creek Rd.
Waco, TX 76705
254 754 9600