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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Athens: Henderson County Historical Museum


ECLECTIC VICTORIAN

The two-story Henderson County Historical Museum, administered by the Henderson County Historical Society, houses Caddo pottery, family bibles, pharmacological paraphernalia, Civil War items, an entire Victorian bedroom, and a replica of a general store circa turn of the 19th century. The museum collection provides an eclectic yet thorough view of pioneer and early 20th century life in Henderson County and the surrounding region but it’s building, an excellent example of late-Victorian commercial architecture, may be its most compelling asset. Known as the Faulk and Gauntt Building and constructed in 1896, the museum building utilizes a reddish-brown brick laid in “English bond”, a brick-laying pattern in which the brick’s short and long sides (called stretchers and headers) alternate in rows. Built by J. R. Gauntt, the building served as mercantile on the first floor and Faulk’s law offices, a physician’s office, and a dentistry on the second. Located within proximity to the St. Louis and Southwestern railroad, the Texas Historic Landmark building is one of few surviving structures from Athen’s railroad era.


Location

  • 217 N. Prairieville Street
  • Athens, Texas
  • 75751

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Hours & Fees

  • Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Free


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