Attractions

When you visit with us in Terrell, plan to set aside some time to enjoy our local attractions. 

 

Terrell Heritage Museum & the Carnegie Building

The Terrell Heritage MuseumThe Terrell Heritage Museum, a decades long project of the Terrell Heritage Society, is located in Terrell’s historic Carnegie Library Building. The building was completed in 1904 and served Terrell as the Carnegie Public Library for about 80 years. The building is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. It is designated a State Archeological Landmark under the provisions of the Antiquities Code of Texas and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the only structure in Kaufman County bearing all of these designations.

The Heritage Museum exhibits artifacts of earlier rural life as well as the latest in household appliances and utensils from days gone by.

period pieces on display at the MuseumChildhood memories are also on display in the form of early school memorabilia, an antique toy collection and a doll collection which includes an Armande Marsaille figure. Terrell’s railroading past is also recalled with artifacts from the Texas Midland Railroad and its flamboyant owner E. H. R. Green, son of the infamous financier Hetty Green the “Witch of Wall Street”.

Exhibits change periodically as items from the collection are rotated on and off display to keep the museum alive and interesting. Exhibits may also include material temporarily on loan from those in the community possessing historically significant collections or memorabilia from persons and events in Terrell history. These exhibits may also be supplemented with related material from the museum collection.

Interior photo of the  MuseumThe Carnegie Building also houses the archives and photograph files of the Heritage Society. The archives contain over 1,000 items and the photograph file numbers approximately 2,500 images. The Heritage Society encourages researchers to make full use of this resource of local history.

From September through May the Heritage Society partners with the North East Texas Fine Art Alliance by sharing part of the museum quarters with NETFAA. In addition to their regular meetings, NETFAA maintains in the gallery area of the museum an on-going display of works done by their members. The organization sponsors various workshops and shows throughout the season including the Paint Historic Terrell Week each March culminating in a judged show and reception at the museum.

The Terrell Heritage Museum is open to the public free of charge Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. September through May the museum is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summer Saturday hours are 1 to 4 p.m.. Come visit us and enjoy some of the flavor of the culture and heritage of our community.

The Terrell Heritage Museum
207 North Frances St.  
972-524-6082
Admission is free.

No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum

Display at No. 1 British Flying School Museum
The No. 1 British Flying School Museum is a popular destination for World War II history buffs, aviation enthusiasts, and veterans. Visitors of all ages enjoy the museum's hands-on exhibits that explain how and why airplanes fly.

During World War II thousands of British pilots learned to fly at six civilian training schools in the United States. The first and largest of the schools was in Terrell.

After the United States entered the war, American Aviation Cadets also trained at the school. More than 2,000 Royal Air Force and American Army Air Force pilots earned their wings over North Texas between 1941 and 1945. Terrell's citizens welcomed the student pilots to their community, and many life-long bonds were forged. The museum celebrates this little known chapter of World War II history.

The collection includes hundreds of historical items:

  • log books
  • training materials
  • WW II memorabilia
  • uniforms
Artifacts on display

The museum's archives contain the most extensive record of the British Flying Training School that exists.

Visit the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum at Terrell Municipal Airport.

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The No. 1 British Flying School Museum
119 Silent Wings Dr.  
972-524-1714
Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is FREE.

Historical Marker commemorating Ned Green's Rail Car, seen in the background Midland Railroad #993 El Paso Rail Car 

The private car of E.H.R. “Ned” Green, President  of the Midland Railroad, is on display in Ben Gill Park.

Green was the son of the notorious “Witch of Wall Street” Hetty Green, a gilded age multi-millionaire. He was a prominent citizen of Terrell and served as state Republican Party Chairman in 1896. Green took Texas’ first gasoline-powered motorcar trip in 1899.

The collection in the rail car commemorates the rail company, once headquartered in Terrell, and its colorful president.

 

One of the many Historical Markers in Terrell

Historical Markers

There are more than 27 official Texas Historical Markers in the city commemorating early churches, public buildings, people, and events important in local history. A guide (with map) to marker sites in the city is available from the Terrell Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau.

R. A. Terrell House
 

R.A. Terrell HouseThe R. A. Terrell House (c.1860-65) on the campus of Southwestern Christian College was one of the city's first homes.

It was the home of city founder Robert Adams Terrell, who was a land speculator, farmer, military officer and a spy for the Republic of Texas.

The house is one of twenty surviving Round Houses in the U. S. It is both a state and national historic landmark.

The Terrell House was moved to the campus from the corner of Ann and College Streets in 1915.

R. A. Terrell House
200 Bowser Circle. (Interior not open to the public.)


Historic Downtown Shopping District

Terrell's Downtown PreservationThe Downtown Shopping Area is part of the Terrell Historical District. The more than $4 million renovation under the Main Street Program reflects the city’s commitment to retaining the charm of yesteryear while enhancing commercial activity in the central business district. 

Visit downtown for a variety of retail shops, professional offices, museums, and restaurants. Don’t miss the Heritage Museum in the old Carnegie Library and the completely restored Brin Opera House (now an office building).

Historical Tours

Your period costumed  guide will give you a tour of Terrell
Visitors are invited to travel back in time on a Historical Tour of Terrell. The tour is conducted by "Miss Emily Terrell" and "Col. E.H.R. Green", guides from the Terrell Heritage Society. Dressed in period costume, they lead visitors on an extended shuttle bus tour of sites in the Historical District. The Heritage Museum and some of the city’s beautiful old homes and vintage buildings are suggested stops for the customized tour. These special tours, by reservation only, are tailored to fit the interests of each tour group (minimum 10 people).
 

Area Lakes

Visit nearby lakes for some of  Texas’ best fishing!

Rocking L Guest Ranch

Rocking L Guest RanchThe Rocking L Guest Ranch provides an authentic western town atmosphere on 75 private acres for company events, receptions, family reunions, private parties or personal getaways.

Rocking L Guest Ranch
240 VZ CR 3837,
Wills Point, TX 75169
903-560-0246 

Reunion Ranch

Reunion Ranch offers everything you need for a business or social event in a beautiful country setting. The Riata Conference Center, decorated gazebo, lake, rodeo arena, and outdoor activity centers make Reunion Ranch a choice location for picnics, weddings, company team building sessions, family reunions and more.

Reunion Ranch
10581 CR 312
972-524-2222  

 

Tanger Outlet Center

At Tanger Outlet Center, every day is sale day at more than 40 stores. Find the best selection of brand name Tanger Outlet Center merchandise at unbeatable prices. Buy direct from authentic brand name outlets and save an average of 40% off retail every day. 

Pick up visitor information at the Terrell Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau tourism booth in the Outlet Center. Volunteers and Chamber staff provide maps and information about local attractions.


Tanger Outlet Center
I-20 at Hwy 34, Exit 501
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday, noon - 6 p.m.

Ham’s Orchards

Over the past 25 years, Ham’s Orchards has grown from a roadside peach stand to a full-scale, air-conditioned farmers market. Owners Dale and Judy Ham offer a variety of fresh produce from May 15 through August 15. Don’t miss Ham’s famous ice cream.

Ham Orchards
11939 CR 309
972-524-2028


Wade Indoor Arena

Team roping, barrel racing, team pennings, roping school, horsemanship clinics, riding & roping lessons, and rodeos are featured events at Jerry and Raelyn Wade's 150' x 300' covered arena.

Daily or hourly leasing options include three announcer stands and catered concessions.

Wade Arena
9126 FM 2578
972-563-6880

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1314 W. Moore Avenue
Terrell, Texas 75160
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