November 26, 2012 4:36pm PT by Shirley Halperin
Southfork Ranch to Honor Late Larry Hagman With Public Memorial, Free Tours
Fans of the late Larry Hagman, star of long-running TV series Dallas, will have an opportunity to pay their respects to the man and the character he made famous, J.R. Ewing, when Southfork Ranch opens its doors to mourners on Dec. 2.
The famous 340-acre Parker, Texas homestead, whose exteriors were presented as the Ewing clan’s beloved base (most of the show’s 357 episodes were not actually filmed there), is offering complimentary tours to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, followed by a memorial reception during which guests can leave cards, flowers and sign a memorial book to Hagman.
In an announcement by Forever Resorts, the company that now owns the ranch (which sees 400,000 visitors a year), it was revealed that Hagman, who died on Nov. 22 at the age of 81, had a family outing to Southfork planned the day of his passing.
Hagman succumbed to cancer at Dallas’ Medical City Hospital, some 15 miles from Southfork, on Thanksgiving night.