On a beautiful spring day I visit homes, a church, school and land office all from the 19th and early 20th centuries and all original to East Texas. The buildings, and symbols of local history, were dismantled and reconstructed on a plot of land in Nacogdoches and collectively named Millard’s Crossing Historic Village.
The village is named for the railroad track that once crossed through the Millard family property and now borders the north side of the village.
The museum was the dream of Lera Millard Thomas (1900 – 1993). Thomas, a Nacogdoches native and Texas preservationist was the first woman from Texas to serve in the U.S. Congress.
In 1968 she returned to Nacogdoches and embarked upon this remarkable preservation project, stepping in to save some of the area’s finest historic structures as well as creating a place to house her extensive antique collection.
After paying a nominal admission, I begin my slow meander from building to building, each filled with antiques and period appropriate furnishings, tools and supplies.
Come with me on this tour to some of the homes and other historic sites.
The museum is located at 6020 North Street in Nacogdoches.
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