We’re working to protect and preserve the historic resources of the Katy area for the use, education, enjoyment and economic benefit of present and future generations.

1.  When can I see the historic homes?

2.  Why arenít you open more often?

3.  Who are your volunteers?

4.  Where did you get your houses?

5.  Will there be more houses added to the park?

6.  Where do you get money to do this?

7.  Can I have a party at the park?




1.  When can I see the historic homes?

The houses are open the first weekend of every month except August. Hours are 10-4 on Saturday and 1-4 on Sunday. We also open for special tours or events and someone is often at the park during the week, but not on a regular schedule.




2.  Why arenít you open more often?

We are staffed by volunteers. We would love to be open every day but do not have enough volunteers available to make this possible.




3.  Who are your volunteers?

Our wonderful help comes from people in Katy who have a few extra hours to share with us. We also welcome students looking for volunteer hours to fulfill service project or honor roll requirements. We have benefited from the work of Eagle Scout projects and Key Clubs too. We would love to have more volunteers; it is an interesting and fun way to spend some time in a comfortable environment.




4.  Where did you get your houses?

The Wright Museum and Katy Post Office were gifts from Fred and Roberta Rylander, Roberta’s father was David Wright and she grew up in this house. Katy Baptist Church donated the Featherston house, First United Methodist Church Katy donated the Stockdick House and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church donated the Humble Mess Hall. The Depot was purchased by the City of Katy in 1978 for $25.00 and the Society was formed to restore and care for it in 1979. The caboose was acquired from George Ranch in 1986.




5.  Will there be more houses added to the park?

We hope so. We have plans to build a new building based on the size and design of the old Stewart & Wright drug store. We would also like to have a small church, school, store, blacksmith shop, barn or houses in the park. We hope to provide good examples of many different aspects of life in early Katy.




6.  Where do you get money to do this?

We depend on the generosity of the community. We have a strong membership base and collect annual dues, but that does not cover all our needs. We are grateful for grant funding from the Houston Endowment and large gifts from local organizations, corporations and individuals who recognize that what we do is important for Katy. We are also qualified to receive money from the local Hotel and Motel Tax, but so far have not benefited from that resource. We supplement these gifts by selling the personalized bricks that are in Heritage Park Plaza. We plan to have a small collection of “Katy” items to sell in 2008.




7.  Can I have a party at the park?

Sure, the park is public property and anyone can use it. We do ask that you let us know if you plan to have an event there. The bandstand is private property owned by the Society. If you want to use it you’ll have to make arrangements with us to reserve it. The Stockdick house is also available for rent, we have an information package with a copy of the contract and pricing. Call our office at 281 391-2550 or email us at katyheritage@aol.com for more information.

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