Tolar is a quaint, friendly town conveniently located at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 377 and FM 56 just one hour southwest of Fort Worth and near several small additional cities. Settled in 1890 and named by W.L. McGaughey to honor his dear friend Alf Tolar. Several of today’s buildings were built using the petrified wood found in the early years.
Before the area was settled, there were plenty of activity three miles out of town in a settlement named Amulet. The church and school both moved to Tolar around the 1850s. Amazingly, the Amulet Christian Church eventually became the Tolar Church of Christ that exists today. Tolar took off when the railroads of Fort Worth and Rio Grand met and headed southwest in 1899. For Tolar, railroads meant that mail and goods could easily be shipped and received, leading to a prospering town.
Tolar Independent School District
Tolar offers residents a safe, family-friendly environment and a great school district focused on quality education to prepare students for the workforce or college. As 2A District, there are three schools and just under 800 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th. The students and staff represent the longstanding tradition of excellence in their character, knowledge, and athletics.
Local attractions are few but mighty. The Windmill Farm is located on 26 country acres and is home to over 30 windmills. These windmills represent real-life mills used in this part of Texas throughout history and are quite a marvel. Each mill has been restored (or being restored) to its original condition and works the way it was designed.
Enjoy a Saturday afternoon at Sledge Distillery for a tasting and tour. This family-friendly venue also welcomes your pet-on-leash. Find a great place in the shade on land that has been farmed for generations. Then enjoy a sample of their moonshine, which is the original family recipe from 1942.
Not so much an attraction, but if you like a sweet treat, head to Aloha Donuts. It’s a small, family-run business with fresh-made donuts and pastries. A favorite lunch and dinner option is family-run Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant if dining alone, with family, or for a special event.
Whether choosing to buy a home in Tolar or purchasing acreage for country life outside of town, contact one of our professional real estate agents at Preferred Properties of Texas. We’re happy to help you find your new home!
Homes for Sale in Tolar, Texas
If you are considering relocating and looking to buy a home or land in a small friendly town conveniently located at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 377 and FM 56 about one hour southwest of Fort Worth, seven miles northeast to Granbury, southeast to Glen Rose and Stephenville; Tolar would be perfect for you.
It was settled around 1890, when the tracks of the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railway reached the area. Tolar was named by W.L. McGaughey in honor of his friend Alf Tolar. Tolar prospered as a ranching and farming center around the late 1800’s and soon had shops, schools and churches. Petrified wood found in the area was used to build several of the buildings in Tolar. Today Tolar offers residents a safe family friendly environment and a great school district.
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Places to visit in Tolar, Texas
Courtesy of TSHA and Author David Minor