Nacogdoches, Texas is the oldest community in the state. Around 1700, the Spanish began establishing missions in and around Nacogdoches to have a presence in the area and to bring Christianity to Native Americans. Naturally when you visit this East Texas city you expect to find several historic attractions and you won’t be disappointed. Two homes open for tour are
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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
Before me in muted light is a life-size muddy street with a traffic jam. Going one way is a mule-drawn wagon and going the other way are two cars. The street is impassable because of its width and the axle-deep mud. Welcome to East Texas during the oil boom. The lobby reminds me of other museums; an old car, antique
My four-year-old granddaughter Ainsley loves fish, sea turtles, sharks and dinosaurs. Although when she started to talk she stumbled over certain words, she quickly learned the names of many dinosaurs – Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brachiosaurus. Naranjo Museum of Natural History in Lufkin, Texas is an excellent place to visit for a little girl interested in all things prehistoric. This
I am greeted by Mickie Ross, Williamson Museum Executive Director, as soon as I step into the museum located on the square in Georgetown. Dressed appropriately in a poppy-decorated dress (Georgetown, the county seat, is, after all, the Red Poppy Capital of Texas), she begins telling me about Williamson County. “It was in 1848 when the citizens of western Milam County petitioned the state
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, visitors have much to choose from. Situated on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee offers the beach, boating, fishing, kayaking, and urban trails. With a population of about 600,000 people, Wisconsin’s largest city also hosts festivals several times a year, brewery tours, art and theater experiences, and museums — great museums. Explore the following four museums on your next visit to Milwaukee.
In a 1916 four square prairie house and two outbuildings, Stephen, Minnesota showcases its past. “The collection doesn’t reflect a certain time, but rather the town’s history,” says Jane Smidt, president of Old Home Town Museum’s Board of Directors. The farming community located 40 miles south of Canada and 10 miles east of North Dakota was established in 1883.
When it comes to museums, Santa Fe has a lot to brag about. From art museums, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, to the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, there are more than a dozen museums to tour in this city of just over 80,000. On a recent visit, I chose to tour three; each with a different story to tell. Museum
In search of railroad information for a magazine article, I stopped at a passenger depot in Bessemer, Alabama, just outside Birmingham. Today the depot serves the community as The Bessemer Hall of History and, although I found very little train history, what I did find was an excellent local collection pointing to the wonderful history of this city of 30,000.