GRAND PRAIRIE - Grand Prairie's historic Copeland Home, 125 SW Dallas St., will celebrate the city's 105th birthday with a FREE open house from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014. The Grand Prairie Historical Organization will give tours and answer questions about the quaint 100-plus-year-old home during the open house. To get to the home, from Main or Jefferson streets in Grand Prairie, turn south on SW 2nd Street, and east on SW Dallas Street. The open house, tours and refreshments are free.
Located within the original town site of Grand Prairie, the Copeland Home was built in 1902 by B.P. Hale and his wife, Ruth. The Copeland family purchased the home in 1908. Dr. Copeland served the community for more than 60 years and is best known for having helped deliver more than 4,000 babies in Grand Prairie.
The white clapboard home, styled for the farm-type, small town resident, was designed with a high pitched roof, narrow windows and a back door entrance. The original five rooms had 12-foot ceilings, a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and study. A bathroom and enclosed back porch have been added. The beautiful oak hardwood floors, interior woodwork, front door and windows are original. The original fireplace was removed by the Copeland family to make room for two closets.
The entrance hallway is unique to the time period and includes a classic ornamental antique hall divider display made of cherry wood.
Before remodeling the home, Dr. Copeland had a garden area and a four-acre orchard. The orchard land was presented to First Presbyterian Church in 1948 as a gift from the Copeland family.
Furniture in the homes study includes a desk dated from the 1800s set just as Dr. Copeland used it, holding his physicians bag and books donated by his family.