Terrell Heritage Museum
& the Carnegie Building
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.
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.
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.
Admission is free.
No. 1 British Flying Training
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
- log books
- training materials
- WW II memorabilia
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
119 Silent Wings Dr.
Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is FREE.
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.
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 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
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).
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).
Visit nearby lakes for some of Texas’
Rocking L Guest Ranch
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.
L Guest Ranch
240 VZ CR 3837,
Wills Point, TX 75169
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
10581 CR 312
At Tanger Outlet Center, every day is sale day at
more than 40 stores. Find the best selection of brand name
at unbeatable prices. Buy direct from authentic brand
name outlets and save an average of 40% off retail every
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
Tanger Outlet Center
I-20 at Hwy 34, Exit 501
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday, noon -
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.
11939 CR 309
Terrell Chamber of Commerce
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Terrell, Texas 75160
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