Jefferson, Texas is the home to four wonderful museums, all very different, all very interesting. They are listed below, in alphabetical order, along with their contact information so that you can get the details...

Gone With the Wind Museum

Bobbie Hardy invites you to re-capture the magic at Scarlett O'Hardy's Gone With the Wind Museum, located in historic Jefferson, Texas, the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Texas. This 1,700-square-foot museum dedicated to Gone With the Wind features one of the largest private collections of memorabilia from this epic story of the Old South. The museum tells the complete story of Gone With the Wind through displays focusing on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Margaret Mitchell; the 1939 film produced by David O. Selznick and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, and the modern-day collectibles that reveal just how pervasive the story's characters and dialogue have become in everyday life.

408 E Taylor St * Jefferson, TX 75657 * 903-665-1939 *

Jefferson Historical Museum

The museum is housed in the old Marion County Courthouse constructed in 1888-1890, remaining in use until 1961. It was purchased by the Jefferson Historical Society in 1965 to be the permanent home of the museum. The purpose of the museum included the discovery, collection and preservation of books, pamphlets, maps, genealogies, portraits, paintings, relics, manuscripts, letters, journals, and and all articles and materials which pertain and relate to the history of Jefferson and Marion County, Texas. Especially important were items that relate to the early history when Jefferson played such an important past in the life and development of Texas and the Southwest. The goal of the museum was to arouse and perpetuate a knowledge of, and interest in, local history. Today you can view Caddo Indian artifacts, a classic gun collection, early pioneer implements, art and antiquities, and even a bell from the Mittie Stephens Steamboat. There is also a train layout representing Texas in the 1950s that is so large that it requires its own building!

223 W. Austin St. * Jefferson, TX 75657 * 903-665-2775 *

Mason-Dixon Line Military Museum

From private diaries of soldiers stationed in the Pacific to the Revolutionary War era cannon sitting in the museum's center, the Mason Dixon Line Military Museum is a walk through military history. Lining the walls of the museum are uniforms from around the world, including Rhodesia, East Germany, Britain and America from World War I, World War II, the Spanish American War and other wars both memorialized and forgotten. Tom Moss, proprietor and curator of the museum, says the museum began as a store in the early 2000s, but after a while he became so proud of his collection of war items he had acquired through the years, he decided to share it instead of sell it. He adds the museum itself has become a sort of magnet for attracting items.

116 W Lafayette St. * Jefferson, TX 75657 * 903-665-1859

Museum of Measurement & Time

The Museum features a large collection of American horology, clocks, and tools used to survey and divide the land. You'll find devices which measure such as scales, barometers & various meters. And as an aside, also provided for your enjoyment is a substantial collection of salt & pepper shakers. The exhibits of the museum are representative of the period 1700-2000. These items began as the personal collection of Johnny & Edith Ingram. The Ingram’s are true Texans; raised in west Texas, they have lived in Jefferson since the early 1980s. When the decision was made to share their collections with the public, the tourist destination of Jefferson was the ideal venue for them to repay their “adopted home town.” The museum has been in operation since 2010.

301 N. Polk S. * Jefferson, TX 75657 * 903-665-6668 *

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