We are greatly saddened by the passing of one of Russell Farm's grantors, Charlie Boren, yesterday, Sept. 4, 2018. Mr. Boren and his wife Louise gifted Russell Farm to the city in 2011 to make sure that this beautiful piece of property can be preserved as a farming site and a haven for art and artists. Because of their generosity, Russell Farm has become a gem of the Burleson Parks system where the public can learn about the city's rich and cultural history, enjoy the outdoors, grow vegetables in the community garden, gather for festivals and develop a love for art.
Mr. Boren had a long and distinguished career in education, and after retiring as the Burleson High School principal, he became a world-renowned wood sculptor. His historic family farm became a vibrant artist community where many young artists came to learn from a master artist-teacher.
Our thoughts go out to Mr. Boren's family and friends who lost a great man who did so much for our community.
Mr. Boren was featured on the Texas Country Reporter in 1988, the clip is below.
The Russell-Boren house was built in 1877 and was the home of the Russell family for 135 years. The farm was donated to the City of Burleson in October 2011 by the Boren family for historical, art and agricultural/natural uses.
Starting in July 2017, guided tours of Russell Farm are available on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Docents will tell stories of the families who lived here and demonstrate how the house grew from the original 3-room home to the much larger home it is today.
Visitors will be treated to a wide range of historical artifacts, such as a 1918 Edison Victrola and an icebox that preceded present day refrigerators. Additionally, the several buildings comprising the Russell Farm contain many works of art, including sculptures, paintings, and other artwork. Some of the sculptures are work of the renowned artist, Charlie Boren, who owned the property until he and his wife, Louise, donated it to the City. Local artists will be on site, working on their own creations.
Several buildings at Russell Farm can be rented for parties, weddings, company picnics, meetings, reunions or other group functions. Community gardening has attracted both beginner and experienced gardeners to Russell Farm where they can rent a gardening plot and share their know-how and interest in raising vegetables and flowers, alongside others, during the growing season.
You can also just visit the farm and enjoy a picnic or other function that does not involve any cost or rental of any buildings.
The Russell Farm historical site also hosts a variety of community events each year, such as an Easter Egg Hunt and Christmas at the Farm. The facilities are also available to be rented for special occasions.