U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fort Worth District
819 Taylor Street
P.O. Box 17300
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Under Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, 327.14- Destruction, injury, defacement, removal or any alteration of public property including, but not limited to, developed facilities, natural formations, mineral deposits, historical and archaeological features, paleontological resources, boundary monuments or markers, and vegetative growth, is prohibited except when in accordance with written permission from the district engineer.
Various bands, groups or tribes of native Americans have inhabited the area around Joe Pool Lake during prehistoric and historic times. Some of them may have established a permanent residence here, relying on the native plants and animals for their sustenance, while others may have been merely passing through the region, following the thunderous herds of bison as they migrated from one part of the continent to another. In either instance, knowledge of these early Texans has been and continues to be learned largely from study of the artifacts that they left behind. Frequently much of the information obtainable from such items lies in their location in relation to other items at the site. Although it is very tempting to pick up an artifact such as an arrowhead or pottery fragment, such action destroys the knowledge that could be obtained from it. Furthermore, removal of any artifact from federal lands is a violation of both federal regulations and federal law. Conviction can result in both substantial financial penalty and jail incarceration. Persons can be cited under Title 36 CFR Section 327.14(a) [Destruction, injury, defacement, removal or any alteration of public property including, but not limited to, developed facilities, natural formations, mineral deposits, historical and archeological features, and vegetative growth, is prohibited except when it is in accordance with written permission of the District Engineer.] Persons may also be prosecuted under the Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA).
To prevent the destruction of this valuable information and prevent possible prosecution, please leave any artifact found where you see it. If you see anyone picking up such items or digging in a site, please report this to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Joe Pool Lake Project Office (972) 299-2227. Remember: These artifacts are part of the heritage that belongs to all Texans, and it is up to all of us to help preserve this heritage.
The farm was owned by the same family for over a century and is representative of the small, middleclass farmsteads that once occupied this margin of Dallas County. The site shows an evolution of structures, constructed or adapted by the Penn family as needs changed and modern conveniences were added. Of equal importance is the proximity of this rural farmstead to the neighboring urban centers in Dalas and Tarrant Counties, that provided both sources of supply and convenient markets for the farm.
The old Penn complex has been developed as a historic setting for farm-related activities associated with a stock farm of rural Dallas County. The complex serves as an educational resource for area schools and as a setting for demonstrations, special events and displays asociated with a small family farmstead in this part of north central Texas.
Penn Farm is located in Cedar Hill State Park off of 1382 in Cedar Hill, Texas.
This site last updated on
April 18, 2007