News About At-Risk Buildings and Neighborhoods

Sharrock Family Cabin

Few Oak Cliff residents are aware that in Southwest Oak Cliff rests an intact early settlers cabin and barn dating back to around 1847. What sets this apart from John Neely Bryan’s cabin or ones like it is that they are still on the actual site where they were built. While the cabin has been largely shored up and tented by the Dallas Parks Department, the barn has not. It is leaning and moved slightly with out recent rains. Both structures need attention sooner rather than later to preserve this enduring piece of our history that still survives from over 150 years ago.

Sharrock Barn

Help is on the way. District 3 Councilmember Scott Griggs recently started City of Dallas Landmark proceedings for the structures to ensure their absolute protection in the future for generations to come. A “moonscape” developer’s handiwork near the site left it more exposed than in years past and the need to shore up the properties entirely is more important than ever.

No nails were used in orginal construction - only pegs

The next step in the process is for the Parks Department to finalize a contract with preservation architecture specialists Quimby/McCoy, complete the landmark process and earmark much needed funding for the site to secure the buildings from the elements and begin the restoration process. It will take community support and involvement as well and it is hoped that an organization similar to Friends of Oak Cliff Parks can organize and assist in the care of the site particularly in these lean budget years.

Interior of cabin/fireplace with supports

Much thanks to Trent Williams with the City of Dallas Parks Department and Marcel Quimby of Quimby McCoy for their tour of the site and the attached historic paper on the Sharrock Cabin provided by Quimby/McCoy.

Historic Sharrock Farmstead