Fannin County Museum of History

Fannin County Museum of History Two Centuries of Texas Legend!
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Sharon brought her grandchildren to the Museum today.  Bring yours before school starts.
07/31/2019

Sharon brought her grandchildren to the Museum today. Bring yours before school starts.

Many folks enjoyed the Museum during the Quilt Hop, including this family.
07/29/2019

Many folks enjoyed the Museum during the Quilt Hop, including this family.

Visit the Museum today and tomorrow (9-4) to see our lovely quilts on display for the Quilt Hop.
07/26/2019

Visit the Museum today and tomorrow (9-4) to see our lovely quilts on display for the Quilt Hop.

A group from a family reunion visited this week - so glad to have them.
07/20/2019

A group from a family reunion visited this week - so glad to have them.

So glad to have descendants of the Bailey Inglish family in the Museum this week.
07/20/2019

So glad to have descendants of the Bailey Inglish family in the Museum this week.

We are setting up at the Museum for the Quilt Hop.  This wonderful Sunbonnet Sue quilt top was given us by Aurita June M...
07/19/2019

We are setting up at the Museum for the Quilt Hop. This wonderful Sunbonnet Sue quilt top was given us by Aurita June McCulloch Bird. It was made for her mother at a baby shower given for her mother (Theresa Elizabeth (Jake) Haddock McCulloch, before February 17, 1935 at Dodd City. It is lovely. Visit the Museum to see it and many more.

This family vacationing at Lake Bonham visited the Museum yesterday and enjoyed themselves.
07/17/2019

This family vacationing at Lake Bonham visited the Museum yesterday and enjoyed themselves.

This lovely family visited the Museum on Saturday and had lots of questions about trains.
07/15/2019

This lovely family visited the Museum on Saturday and had lots of questions about trains.

These brothers from Utah visited the Museum on Friday and had a great time.
07/13/2019

These brothers from Utah visited the Museum on Friday and had a great time.

This family from Telephone visited the Museum today.
07/11/2019

This family from Telephone visited the Museum today.

This Bonham family had visitors from Chicago and brought them to the Museum.
07/11/2019

This Bonham family had visitors from Chicago and brought them to the Museum.

Lots of families visiting the Museum these days, enjoying themselves.  Bring your kids!
07/09/2019

Lots of families visiting the Museum these days, enjoying themselves. Bring your kids!

The Board of the Fannin County Museum of History welcomes our new Museum administrator, Barbara Blust. Barbara has a Bac...
07/05/2019

The Board of the Fannin County Museum of History welcomes our new Museum administrator, Barbara Blust. Barbara has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in history from UT Arlington and also a Master's Degree in Education from UTA. She moved to Bonham 12 years ago and recently has been a substitute teacher.
We are delighted to have her join us. Stop by and meet her.

This youngster from Dodd City enjoyed the Museum with his dad on Tuesday.
07/03/2019

This youngster from Dodd City enjoyed the Museum with his dad on Tuesday.

Families and kids visiting yesterday.  We are open today (Saturday) noon - 4pm.  Come and see what we have.
06/29/2019

Families and kids visiting yesterday. We are open today (Saturday) noon - 4pm. Come and see what we have.

On Wednesday folks attending the Self Family reunion visited the Museum and had a great time.  The Museum is a great pla...
06/28/2019

On Wednesday folks attending the Self Family reunion visited the Museum and had a great time. The Museum is a great place to visit for large and small family reunions.

This young man came to the Museum today with his grandmother to celebrate his birthday.  We gave him a firemen's hat.
06/25/2019

This young man came to the Museum today with his grandmother to celebrate his birthday. We gave him a firemen's hat.

This young man visited the Museum on Saturday with his great-grandmother.  They had a great time.
06/24/2019

This young man visited the Museum on Saturday with his great-grandmother. They had a great time.

Some of our visitors yesterday.  Come and see what we have to offer!
06/21/2019

Some of our visitors yesterday. Come and see what we have to offer!

Here are photos of some of the families who have visited the Museum this week.  It's summer - bring your children and gr...
06/20/2019

Here are photos of some of the families who have visited the Museum this week. It's summer - bring your children and grandchildren to see interesting and beautiful things.

Some great families visiting today.
06/06/2019

Some great families visiting today.

The grandson of Minor Hudson, who was a conductor for the Texas & Pacific Railroad in Bonham from 1942-1967 visited the ...
06/06/2019

The grandson of Minor Hudson, who was a conductor for the Texas & Pacific Railroad in Bonham from 1942-1967 visited the Museum today and found the photo of his grandfather.

This grandmother brought her grandson to the Museum today and they had fun.
05/30/2019

This grandmother brought her grandson to the Museum today and they had fun.

This family from Oklahoma visited the Museum yesterday.  Cute kids!
05/22/2019

This family from Oklahoma visited the Museum yesterday. Cute kids!

We were pleased to have 4th grade students from Cooper at the Museum today.
05/15/2019

We were pleased to have 4th grade students from Cooper at the Museum today.

Prom photos at the caboose and Museum thanks to Sandy Barber.
05/09/2019

Prom photos at the caboose and Museum thanks to Sandy Barber.

Lots of visitors at the Museum yesterday during Heritage Day, including these young folks.
05/05/2019

Lots of visitors at the Museum yesterday during Heritage Day, including these young folks.

The ribbon cutting for the caboose was one year ago on Heritage Day.  Weather permitting, the caboose will be open for t...
05/03/2019

The ribbon cutting for the caboose was one year ago on Heritage Day. Weather permitting, the caboose will be open for tours on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The Museum will also be open this Saturday from 10 - 4.

We had a great visit from Van Alystyne students this week.
05/02/2019

We had a great visit from Van Alystyne students this week.

We were so glad to have 7th grade students from Celeste visit the Museum today.
04/11/2019

We were so glad to have 7th grade students from Celeste visit the Museum today.

Another family enjoying the Museum on Saturday.
04/01/2019

Another family enjoying the Museum on Saturday.

Museum visitors today from Graham, Texas.
03/30/2019

Museum visitors today from Graham, Texas.

We were so delighted to partner with the Bonham Public Library and have Storytime at the Caboose.
03/26/2019

We were so delighted to partner with the Bonham Public Library and have Storytime at the Caboose.

Thanks to Malinda Allison and the Fannin County Museum of History for letting us have Storytime at the Caboose this morning. We had a great time and the kids loved it.

Lots of visitors yesterday, including this family from Bonham.
03/23/2019

Lots of visitors yesterday, including this family from Bonham.

This young man was very excited to tour the caboose today.  His grandfather was a railroad man.
03/22/2019

This young man was very excited to tour the caboose today. His grandfather was a railroad man.

This guest at the Museum today is from South Dakota and she and her companion had been fossil-hunting at the Sulphur and...
03/21/2019

This guest at the Museum today is from South Dakota and she and her companion had been fossil-hunting at the Sulphur and were pleased with their finds. They enjoyed the Museum and thought our fossil collection was top-notch.

We are so pleased to have descendants of James Butler Bonham visit the Museum today.  This young man and his mother live...
03/20/2019

We are so pleased to have descendants of James Butler Bonham visit the Museum today. This young man and his mother live in Florida now, but are visiting his grandmother in Dallas for spring break. The grandmother was married to the Bonham descendant. Their next stop will be the James Butler Bonham statute on the Courthouse Square.

We had a great group of 4th graders from Wolfe City visit the Museum today.  Very bright kids.  So glad to have them.
03/14/2019

We had a great group of 4th graders from Wolfe City visit the Museum today. Very bright kids. So glad to have them.

Visitors in the Museum today, one of whom was from Russia.
03/14/2019

Visitors in the Museum today, one of whom was from Russia.

These visitors from Missouri are learning about the history of the Courthouse.
03/02/2019

These visitors from Missouri are learning about the history of the Courthouse.

Thanks to Commissioner A. J. Self and his crew for delivering to the Museum the cornerstone from the old Fannin County j...
02/16/2019

Thanks to Commissioner A. J. Self and his crew for delivering to the Museum the cornerstone from the old Fannin County jail. We are displaying it on the back porch in full view. The old jail was built in 1941-42 and torn down in 2012. This link is to a good article written by Allen Rich at the time it was demolished. http://www.ntxe-news.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=50&num=79872

Black History Month posting:  Roberta Dodd, a very talented musician born in Bonham, led a remarkable life.  Her talent ...
02/06/2019

Black History Month posting: Roberta Dodd, a very talented musician born in Bonham, led a remarkable life. Her talent as a singer was recognized early in her life and she was encouraged by black and white women in Bonham to continue her training, first at Wiley University in Marshall and then at Fisk University. She sang opera in Chicago and at the Courthouse in Bonham in 1928. She went to France, married an African prince and then was caught up in WWII while in France. A Bonham soldier in Paris found her and reportedly saved her life. She returned to Bonham after the war but she never sang in public again. She moved to Dallas for medical care and died in 1954 at Parkland Hospital. She is buried in an unmarked grave at Gates Hill Cemetery next to her mother. A wonderful article on her life is at https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth586972/m1/20/

Celebrating Black History month.  This photo is of Jerry Chinner, (1843-1924), who was the owner of a Bonham brick kiln ...
02/05/2019

Celebrating Black History month. This photo is of Jerry Chinner, (1843-1924), who was the owner of a Bonham brick kiln and yard on East 6th Street. He rose from slavery to become a prominent merchant and manufacturer. Chinner Street, which is on the west side of the Sam Rayburn Library, is named for him. He is buried at Gates Hill Cemetery.

Black History Month Postings Continue:Black persons were among the first emigrants from the United States to Fannin Coun...
02/04/2019

Black History Month Postings Continue:

Black persons were among the first emigrants from the United States to Fannin County. Anderson Rowlett (then around 10 years old) and his mother and sister were part of group headed by Daniel Rowlett, who arrived in Fannin County in 1836 and settled on land on the Red River. Daniel Rowlett brought nine slaves with him, and four of the other white men in the party also brought slaves.

Anderson Rowlett (then around 10 years old) and his mother Dicey and sister were three of Daniel Rowlett’s slaves.

Anderson Rowlett’s obituary in the Bonham Daily Favorite in 1907 said: When his “old master” died, Anderson became the property of his son, who permitted the slave to come to Bonham to live with his family and work at his trade, paying his master part of the proceeds of his labor. Records show that Anderson Rowlett registered to vote in 1867. In the 1870 census he is listed as a Shoemaker and is living with his wife Jane, two young girls aged 11 and 12, and his mother. In 1871 and 1872 he was appointed a member of the Board of Appeals for Fannin County.

Anderson was a trustee of the Bradford Chapel AME Church in Bonham (originally called the Cain Chapel A.M.E. Church), which was built in 1887 by Rowlett and other ex-slaves. See https://www.fannincountyhistory.org/bradford-chapel.html He was also a trustee for the Burial Ground for Colored People when part of the Gates Hill Cemetery was purchased in 1885.

His obituary in 1907 in the Bonham News said that he was “an honest, reliable, industrious man, and until age weakened his body and mind he was a leader among his own people.” It also said: “He was a shoe-maker by trade, and even before he was free his master allowed his practical liberty by permitting him to work at his trade and pay him part of the wages he earned, the rest being used by him and his family.”

His obituary is the Bonham Daily Favorite said: When his “old master” died, Anderson became the property of his son, who permitted the slave to come to Bonham to live with his family and work at his trade, paying his master part of the proceeds of his labor. He was as honest as a man could be. He was absolutely reliable, and no matter what charge was entrusted to him he did his duty as best he could. He was loyal to his master always and his master’s children and grandchildren. He was loyal to all his white friends. He was a leader among the old time negroes.”

In his will dated 1847 Daniel Rowlett left “Disy and her youngest child Matilda” to Daniel Rowlett's daughter Matilda Clark and her children. In the 1880 census Dicey is living with Anderson Rowlett. Anderson’s mother Dicey died in 1889 and is buried at Gates Hill with an impressive stone.

We assume Anderson, who died in 1907, is buried at Gates Hill near his mother, but his grave is not marked.

It's Black History month.  The Museum has a permanent collection of Fannin County black history with many photographs.  ...
02/02/2019

It's Black History month. The Museum has a permanent collection of Fannin County black history with many photographs. During this month we will be sharing information about some of the photographs, so stay tuned. And drop in the Museum to see our very interesting display.

Address

1 N Main St
Bonham, TX
75418

General information

Visitation Schedule Tuesday-Saturday April 1st-September 1st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ----------------------------- Tuesday – Saturday Sep 2nd – Mar 31st 12 noon to 4 p.m. Admission by donation. ($2 minimum recommended) We are entirely supported by donations. Group Tours must have advanced reservations Located on Main Street in the old T&P Railroad Depot 3 blocks south of the Courthouse Square Phone: (903) 583-8042 Group Tours: (903) 583-5558

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(903) 583-8042

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