Building Community at Homestead Heritage

Just outside Waco, Texas is a jewel of a community called Homestead Heritage Village. They are open to the public daily, but the best time to be emersed in the experience is their Homestead Fair which is held over Thanksgiving weekend. This exposition of fine crafts and heirloom skills is a fun and educational festival with activities for the entire family. From humble homeschool beginnings, this event now attracts more than 18,000 people over the Thanksgiving weekend each year.

Homestead Heritage also holds a “Sorghum Festival” on Labor Day that is a toned-down version of the Thanksgiving fair. 

Several of the families of the Ouichita COR have attended the Thanksgiving and Labor Day festivals. We highly recommend it and we strive to integrate lots of the values into our local community.

Homestead Heritage Village on Texas Country Reporter

A Glimpse of the Homestead Heritage Community

Homestead Fair | 20 Years

Over spring and summer the people of Homestead offer dozens of classes through their SustainLife program.

  • animal husbandry
  • beekeeping
  • organic gardening
  • bread baking
  • cheese making
  • soap making
  • basketry
  • blacksmithing
  • fibercrafts
  • pottery
  • sewing & crafting
  • several types of woodworking

The offerings are so vast that it’s impossible to convey the accomplishments of this community in a post. One must simply start going to Homestead events on a regular basis to start absorbing the level of proficiency. See more at the main Homestead website. Especially look under the “More Sites” tab. 

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