Step back in time at Minor-Porter Log House

Completely restored and furnished with all the trappings of everyday frontier life, the Minor-Porter Log House gives visitors to Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area a window on everyday life in Denton County in 1869.

The LLELA will host a special program on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. where visitors can observe the process of carding and spinning wool.  Interested visitors are welcome to arrive at any time during open hours and tour at their own pace.

Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors through the structures and answer questions. Spinner Emily Tennill will demonstrate the use of a spinning wheel, with opportunities to try it out yourself if you wish.

Admission to LLELA is $5 per person; children ages 5 years and under are free.

Other events at LLELA this month:

•  Paddle the Elm Fork: September 17. Each month Kayak Power provides equipment and instruction followed by a six-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome. Contact Kayak Power at 214-669-1663 for schedule and fee information.

•  Bison Tour: September 25, 2:00 p.m.  Participants drive out to the prairie for an opportunity to see the bison up close (great photo opportunity) and learn more about bison natural history and husbandry. All ages are welcome; registration is required at 972-219-7980. The tour is available for only $2/person in addition to LLELA’s regular gate fee of $5/person. The bison are normally off view in a secure area of LLELA, so this is a chance to visit a part of the preserve most people don’t get to see.

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is 2,000 acres of prairies, forests, and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve by a group of agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University of North Texas, the City of Lewisville, Lewisville ISD, and Texas A & M University. Our mission is to preserve and restore our native ecosystems and to provide and promote environmental education and scientific research.  Learn more at

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