Irving, Texas, United States

NO. 263 PHA Masonic Lodge Irving, TX

Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Museum

3820 Cheek Sparger Rd, Euless, Texas 76039, United States


2nd Saturday of each month from 1:PM-4 PM


Gilbert Grove Masonic Lodge (frm: Bear Creak Lodge)


Bear Creek Masonic Lodge served not only the African-American masons  of the area but it also served as a community center. Proms, parties,  luncheons and a host of other activities were held in the building over  the years. The lodge was moved from its original site into the Jackie  Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center and converted into a museum that  tells the history of the African-American experience from the time of  emancipation through the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s-60s. Gilbert Grove Prince Hall Masonic Lodge in Irving Bear Creek History Irving Tx in DFW Airport Bear creek history Irving Tx in Dallas

The Bear Creek Community


Bear Creek community in west Irving is one of the oldest  African-American communities in Dallas County. During the late 1850s, a  mix of free blacks, whites and their slaves began settling along the  upper reaches of Bear Creek. After emancipation, former slaves began  moving into the area, which developed into a rural African-American  enclave during the era of racial segregation.

The three museums that comprise the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage  Center tell the history of the Bear Creek community and of the  African-American experience from the time of emancipation of the slaves  through the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s-60s.

J.O. Davis House


J.O. Davis House is a walk-through museum that tells the story of  the Bear Creek community. The building was once the home of Josey O.  Davis who was a longtime teacher and mentor to the children of Bear  Creek. To honor Davis, the house was moved to the center where it was  restored and converted into a Bear Creek history museum. 

The Green House


The Green House was once the home of Sam Green who for years was a  leading resident of the community. His house was moved to the Center and  restored as a period authentic home depicting what life was like in a  Bear Creek home during the 1920s. 

The Native Plant Garden


The Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center is home to a Native Plant  Garden. The garden contains 50 different plants that are native to  Texas.  

Bear Creek Historical Documentary