Peters Colony
Historical Society

of Dallas County, Texas
P.O. Box 110846
Carrollton, Texas 75011-0846
Organized September 21, 1971


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Welcome to the Peters Colony Historical Society

 of Dallas County.


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Information about our next meeting:


April 2, 2024  


Peters Colony Historical Society Members & Friends,

Our meeting on Monday, April 8, 2024 will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Carrollton Public Library at Josey Ranch Lake, 1700 Keller Springs Road, Carrollton, TX 75006 in the large front meeting room.

Vickie Bryant will present our program on Top O' Hill Terrace. She has co-authored a book with Camille Hess on Top O' Hill Terrace. Quoting from the book description: 

"If the saga of Top O' Hill Casino becoming Arlington Baptist College were written as fiction, readers would dismiss it as improbable and impossible.  The story of a tea room evolving into the gambling hot spot of Texas that was then fought by a fiery gospel preacher, who foretold its transformation into a Baptist seminary and ultimately an accredited Bible college, is stranger than fiction yet absolutely true."

Arlington Baptist College is located at 3001 West Division in Arlington, Texas. You can find more information at:

Local News:

Our historical society meeting will occur on a historic day this month. Monday afternoon before our meeting, the Metroplex area will experience a total solar eclipse at 1:40 pm for 4 minutes. The eclipse begins at 12:23 and ends at 3:02. Be safe and wear approved solar eclipse glasses if you plan to look up. Watch out for increased traffic due to the massive PR and advertising campaign. Here is a link to an Eclipse Safety Flier put out by the city of Irving:

Our remaining meeting for the year is our Show And Tell meeting on May 13, 2024.

Brian Williams

President, Peters Colony Historical Society


We are an organization that has worked diligently since September, 1971 to preserve the history of the Peters Colony settlers of Dallas County and their descendants. 

The Peters Colony Historical Society (PCHS) publishes a journal called Elm Fork Echoes.  It was initially published semi-annually and is now published annually.  The society has also sponsored the publication of the book Elm Fork Settlement: Farmers Branch and Carrollton which was compiled and written by Georgia Myers Ogle. It has been republished and is available for purchase from PCHSDC. 

The Peters Colony Historical Society meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from September through May (except December). The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in Carrollton at the Josey Ranch Lake Public Library, 1700 Keller Springs Road on the southwest corner of Josey and Keller Springs.                      ...Read more....



We encourage you to attend our meetings. Guests are welcome and dues which are minimal go towards preservation projects.

The Society mission and vision are:

  • To arouse interest in the past, especially the history of the Carrollton, Farmers Branch, and surrounding areas.

  • To collect, preserve, and disseminate historical information such as genealogies, directories, papers and pamphlets, manuscript material, relics and material objects illustrative of life, events, conditions, and activities past to present.

  • Cooperation with officials, Societies or Associations in assuring the preservation of the records and archives of the community as well as preservation of historic buildings, monuments, markers, and trails.


Activities of the Peters Colony Historical Society

  • Publication of Historical Journals

  • Monthly Guest Speakers

  • Participation in Local Community Programs

  • Involvement with the Historical section in the Josey Ranch Lake Library

  • Elm Fork Echoes � Yearly Publication that preserves facts and stories of yesteryear.
    Peters Colony Historical Society of Dallas County is a non-profit organization.

Tax deductible donations are used for the preservation of local area projects, including historical buildings, monuments, trails, markers, and the records and archives of the community.


See Membership Information & Constitution for more information



Peters Colony Historical Society of Dallas County is a non-profit organization.
Copyright 2003-2007.  All rights reserved.  Contact: Edward L. Williams

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