Tour Historic Boggy Creek Farm

Guided Tours:

Two different tours are available, take your pick or partake in both:

  • Field and Farm Tour: walk the grounds of the farm learning about the history, the trials, tribulations, triumphs, our farming techniques and how we differ from other farms. You may even get to taste something freshly harvested from the field!

  • Historic Home Tour: take a step back in time as you are guided through the old farm house hearing about the architecture, drama, and the pioneers who built this old home in 1840/41. Hear stories of what life was like for the pioneers through letters they left behind, learn of the dignitaries who spent time here and other interesting facts that make this home so special.

 

(The Historic Home Tour is suitable for adults interested in architecture and history  | no young children please)

There is a charge for guided tours. Typically, each tour lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

Your Choice of Tours:

$10 per person with a minimum fee of $100 for 1 to 10 persons. Additional persons $10 each.

The FULL Experience: Guided Tour of BOTH Field and Farm and of the Historic Home. $20 per person with a minimum fee of $200 for 1 to 10 persons. Additional persons $20 each.

Self-Guided Tours of the Grounds:

On Market Days (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Saturday) we are open from 8 AM to 1 PM.

 

Individuals and families are welcome to walk around the farm, see the crops, the compost area, the chickens, etc., free of charge.

 

*The house is not open for self-guided tours; it is our home.

*Please do not allow children to chase the chickens or Buddy, the farm dog.

*Entry into the chicken coop, climbing onto tractors, wood and bricks are all prohibited.  

*This is not a 'pick your own' farm; please do not harvest crops or enter the growing fields.

*Stay on open paths & respect the working farmers and customers.

Come out, take a step back in time; enjoy the grounds, shop the farm stand!

We hope to see you soon!

Dog-Trot Getaway | Vacation | Rental on Historic Boggy Creek Farm

We welcome you to enjoy a very unique getaway experience at Austin's Original Urban Farm. Think Agritourism w/ fine accommodations on this beautiful 5 acre working farm!

 

Located in the heart of Central East Austin, we are just 2 miles east of the state capitol & downtown. We are 7 miles west of Austin Bergstrom International Airport. 

 

Our Texas Dog-Trot style duplex was inspired by the 1844 home of Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas.

The Trot was beautifully built by our beloved Larry Butler, and his talented friends. They salvaged and milled a great deal of wood from trees damaged during the 2011 Bastrop fires as well as trees lost due to severe drought the same year at our other farm in Milam County. This beautiful wood can be seen throughout the house.

 

The house is dressed w/ long front and back porches and a wide breezeway that  separates the two units. Each unit boasts two bedrooms w/ generous closets (double/queen in one unit and queen/queen in the other unit),  full bathroom w/ shower (no tub), fully equipped kitchen, pantry & full-sized refrigerator. The kitchen is open to the living room. Other amenities include washing machine/dryer, Wifi, TV w/ ROKU. Parking on the property and more.

 

Imagine a more simple time as you enjoy a cup of coffee or crack pecans while rocking on the porch. Watch the farmers work in the field or harvest for the market which is held at the on-site farmstand W | TH | F | S,  8am-1pm. 

 

Explore the grounds, visit the chickens who live their entire lives happily on the farm. See the original farmhouse, built over the winter of 1840/1841. Sam Houston, first President of the Republic of Texas, was a guest here at a wedding supper in 1841 during his second term.

East Austin is where the action is and it is loaded with amazing restaurants. We are happy to offer suggestions; many of Austin's top chefs shop at our farm stand regularly!

Professional Photographers

Those interested in photo shoots

for graduation, engagement, bridal, professional or fashion purposes we provide access to the grounds of our farm as well as the porches of both of our 'Presidential' homes.

 

  • The 1841 Farm House, one of the two oldest homes in Austin, where Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas dined at a wedding supper.

  • The Dog-Trot Duplex with its wide breezeway, overlooking the field of crops. This home was inspired by that of the last President of the Republic of Texas, Anson Jones.  

 

Changing rooms are available. Please let us know in advance if you will be needing one. 

We typically charge $250/hour for 1-4 hours, with a 2 hour minimum. Each additional hour thereafter is an additional $200.

 

Contact us to inquire about availability.

Filming of Commercials or Advertisements are on a case by case basis.  Let us know  your needs.

Planning your own Events

Historic Boggy Creek Farm is a very unique venue and we have found that people enjoy having their special events here. 
 

  • We are located in the heart of Austin, 7 miles from Bergstrom Airport, 2 miles from IH-35, 3 miles from the State Capitol. Though we are on 5 acres, we are nestled within a quiet neighborhood, surrounded by homes and out respect for our neighbors we have a 100 person limit and do not allow loud amplified music. 

  • We offer an authentic urban farm setting complete with crops, gardens, chickens, a farm stand, an historic farm house (one of the two oldest homes in Austin-1841) and an amazing Texas Dog-Trot Duplex w/ porches, breezeway, rocking chairs, and a view of the crops growing in the field.

  • We welcome private or corporate events such as meetings, team building, farm to table dinners, parties, engagements, weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, birthdays, and more.

  • Guests will have access to the grounds and gardens, perfect for your photo opportunities.

  • The covered farm stand is available for the staging of food and drinks, meeting space or dining. Please note that the farm stand has no kitchen. There is refrigeration available.

 

  • For smaller groups our historic farm house may be available for dining, having a toast or even a tour through the house. Republic of Texas President Sam Houston dined here in 1841.

 

  • Our Texas Dog-Trot Duplex was inspired by the home of Republic of Texas President Anson Jones. This is also a great option for meetings, lectures, engagement parties or rehearsal dinners in the central breezeway.

 

  • The Dog-Trot has two units, each with two bedrooms, one bathroom, a full kitchen open to the living area, and a table for dining or meetings. This offers the flexibility of overnight stays, based upon availability. ​​

  • Parking is available on the farm.

Request a proposal to see if Boggy Creek Farm may be a suitable venue for your special event.

New & Developing: Historic Legacy Dinners | Chef Farm to Table Dinner Parties

At Boggy Creek Farm we offer a very unique and intimate dining experience. 

 

Some of the possible settings for your special dinner party are:

  • Legacy Dinner Party in the Old James Smith Farm House. The home was completed over the winter of 1840/41; it is one of the two oldest homes in Austin and President of Texas, Sam Houston, attended a wedding supper here in December of 1841 while serving his 2nd presidential term. He pronounced the 'eating doings' as 'first rate throughout!' To set the mood, guests may enjoy a special happy hour tour of the historic home as the chef works on the first rate eating doings!

  • Dinner Party at the Republic of Texas Dog-Trot. The Trot house was inspired by the 1844 home of Dr. Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas. This house, with its expansive covered porches and breezeway, is able to accommodate larger groups.  Dinner on the Trot is a magical experience!

  • Spinach Capital Dinner. When the weather is lovely, why not set up tables in the midst of the crops, maybe even the spinach. Did you know that in the early 1900s Austin was the spinach capital of the country? The Colorado River Valley's silty soil provided the perfect nutrients for growing succulent spinach.  Austin's spinach was sent all over the country by train. The Old James Smith Place, aka Boggy Creek Farm, has always grown vegetables but in 1935 the farm was much larger than it is today, and a great deal of it was a spinach farm! 

 

You may arrange to have your favorite chef plan your desired menu for your special afternoon or evening dinner party or we may even be able to have one of our fabulous chefs who regularly shops for produce at the farm treat you to an unforgettable multi-course, locally sourced meal.

All dinners may have the opportunity to begin with a happy hour docent-led tour of the 1841 farm house or a field and farm tour.

Aerial of the farm