Big changes in store for Millard's Crossing in Nacogdoches

Tracie Lasater, the executive director of Millard's Crossing, gives instruction on candle dipping. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Tracie Lasater, the executive director of Millard's Crossing, gives instruction on candle dipping. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Roz Couch, assistant director of Millard's Crossing. tells students about one room school houses. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Roz Couch, assistant director of Millard's Crossing. tells students about one room school houses. (Source: KTRE Staff)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - May is a busy month for staff and volunteers at Millard's Crossing Historic Village in Nacogdoches. 
    
School field trips are booked well in advance.

The non-profit pioneer village's continued popularity is leading to some big additions.

The school bell rings. It cues the start of the field trip season at Millard's Crossing Historic Village.

"This place is a museum," said Roz Couch, the assistant director of the Millard's Crossing Historic Village.

On Thursday, 120 children from Palestine's Westwood Elementary visited the pioneer village.

"Yummy, creamy butter," a volunteer said. "Who would like to taste it?"

It's a snack of energy needed for another chore.

"Hang it up," a teacher said.

Or winning a game of tug of war.

"Good job," said Tracie Lasater, the executive director of the Millard's Crossing Historic Village.

Lasater took a break from administrative duties to teach candle dipping.

"A feather pin is a quill pen," a volunteer said.

Across the way, Couch volunteers as a one-room school teacher.

The Millard's Crossing staff enjoys the instruction time, but a couple more volunteers would have been nice.

Wrangling up volunteers can be just as difficult as wrangling up third graders, so there's a job opportunity at Millard's crossing.

"We're looking to hire a volunteer coordinator that will find volunteers, maintain the volunteers, train the volunteers," Lasater said.

The new position is just one of two big changes about to happen.

"Next door," Lasater said. The old flea market property now belongs to Millard's Crossing, so we have doubled our footprint."

Now there are plans to convert the red barn into an events venue. The non-profit village loses business when there's no room for large parties.

However, there is no lost business from visiting schools. Millard's Crossing's busiest time for field trips is the month of May.

The Charles and Lois Marie Bright Foundation purchased the adjoining property and gifted it to Millard's Crossing.

Information about reserving Millard's Crossing can be on the historic village's website.

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