Pay homage to Irving’s history with a visit to the Irving Heritage District, a charming part of town with a historic Main Street, museums honoring the city’s past, and important landmarks. A trip here isn’t just historic relics and looking into the past, with an abundance of restaurants, shops, parks, and events, the Irving Heritage District is as bustling today as it was when the city was founded in the early 1900s.
Located in the heart of the Heritage District, Heritage Park puts Irving’s history on display. Home to Irving’s first water tower, windmill, and library, visitors love to explore the park and take a step back in time. The park also contains one of Irving’s oldest structures, the Caster Cabin built in 1887, as well as a replica of the Rock Island Depot built in 1903. After spending some time at the park, stroll down the Heritage District’s Main Street.
Discover the dwelling of some of the city’s first citizens at the Heritage House, one of Irving’s oldest residences. The Heritage House was built in 1912 by C.P. Shulze, who operated the Irving Lumber Company from 1905 to 1957 and was the brother of Irving’s co-founder, J. O. Schulze. Located on O’Connor Road in Irving, the house is furnished with all original family items, period antiques, and more. Guests can tour the house for free on the first Sunday of each month, March through December.
For more history, head to Centennial Park where you can admire a space dedicated to Irving's first 100 years of existence. Stroll the beautiful, tree-lined walking trail that takes you around Delaware Creek, admire statues of Irving’s founders J.O. Schulze and Otis Brown, stop into the history pavilion, check out the history wall in Founder’s Plaza, or bring a lunch to eat at one of the picnic areas in this space created to commemorate the city’s history and celebrate its future.
If you want to grab a bite to eat while you’re in the area, head to any of the nearby Heritage District restaurants in this walkable part of town.
Old-fashioned diner Big State Fountain Grill is a local favorite and Heritage District destination. What started as a drugstore in the 1940s retains its historic charm and slings burgers, grilled cheeses, and milkshakes. For a step back to the ‘50s and ‘60s, head to Big State.
Sometimes all you need is a cup of coffee and a slice of pie. If this little piece of Americana sounds appealing to you, head over to Joe’s Coffee Shop on Irving Boulevard. Joe's also offers a full breakfast and lunch menu featuring diner staples.
Looking for a hearty lunch? Then head to Glory House Catering and Bistro. Here you’ll find a rotating menu of homemade soups, salads, entrees, sides, and desserts served buffet-style.
For authentic Italian fare, stop by neighborhood spot Di Rosani’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar. This cozy eatery specializes in sumptuous Italian dishes, from linguine and chicken cacciatore to cannoli.
Other dining options include Villa’s Grill, which serves up delicious Brazilian churrasco, sides, and cocktails in stylish surroundings. And don’t miss out on Sapp Sapp, a local hot spot specializing in Thai and Laotian cuisine where you can go the extra spicy route and end up on the King of the Hill Wall immortalizing your accomplishment.
The Heritage District is home to some of Irving’s very best events every year. Bring your significant other out for some dinner and shopping for the Heritage District’s First Friday Date Night where you can dine at one of the area’s best restaurants and shop at a number of boutiques and shops that stay open with later hours.
Also plan to attend the spring and summer concert series at the Whistlestop Plaza where you can hear local and regional artists perform under the stars. Additionally, Heritage Park hosts the Irving Main Street Event, an annual street festival that takes place in September and features food vendors, crafts, art galleries, live music, and so much more.