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Visiting the Jasper County Historical Museum

Known as the “Jewel of the Forest,” Jasper, Texas is a charming town full of culture and history. Aside from the many outdoor activities the Jasper area has to offer, history buffs and museum-goers have the chance to enjoy their East Texas getaway at the Jasper County Historical Museum. This local museum strives to preserve, interpret, and educate the public about the county’s past and evolution throughout the decades. Just a short drive from our Jasper bed and breakfast, you’ll be able to round off your East Texas vacation with a little bit of insight to fulfill your historical curiosities!
Read on to learn all about the Jasper County Historical Museum including hours of operation, the museum’s exhibits, and visitor tips to make it the best experience.

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Location & Hours

The Jasper County Historical Museum is in the heart of Jasper, a mere 22-minute drive from the Bird and Butterfly Inn. The address is 165 N Main St, Jasper, TX 75951 

The museum is on the northeast corner of Lamar Street and North Main Street, right across from the Jasper County Courthouse on the square.

The museum’s hours are below, and note that it’s closed Sun – Tue:

Wednesday – Friday 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Admission: The museum is free to all who visit. This is only possible through generous donations of community members and visitors alike. If you know you’ll return to Jasper soon, consider becoming a museum member. Membership levels start at $40. Membership benefits include receiving the museum newsletter, free admission to special events, priority sign up for excursions, and an invitation to the Jasper Historical Museum Annual Meeting. If you enjoy your visit to the museum and want to see local history stay alive, consider donating today! 

The Jasper Historical Museum can be contacted by phone at (409) 384-6666, or by email at jasperchm@gmail.com  

Jasper County Historical Museum: Exhibits & Collections

Since 2001, the Jasper County Historical Museum has been educating the community on the rich history of East Texas. Current exhibits include Local Settlers Establishing East Texas, The Freedom Colonies, and an exhibit in progress will be featuring The Mill Towns of Jasper County.

All sorts of information are shared through visual displays and artifacts. You can learn about Native Americans that originally lived in the area, follow economic fluctuations through exports of goods like cotton and oil, and the boom of the tourism industry when nearby reservoirs were built.

Honoring Black History Month

An exciting addition to the Jasper Historical Museum is the new exhibit titled “Dixie and Shankleville: Freedom Colonies.” In honor of Black History Month, the exhibit opened on February 1, 2024. The new permanent installation explores the rich cultural heritage of the Dixie and Shankleville communities.

Known in Texas as the “Freedom Colonies,” the settlements of Dixie and Shankleville were formed by formerly enslaved people during the Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras following Emancipation. In response to oppression from white society, these communities created a total of 557 black settlements between the end of the Civil War in 1865 through 1930, as they accumulated land. Learn and be inspired by the actions African Americans undertook to gain independence and respect from the rest of society. This is a must-see exhibit for all visitors!

jasper county historical museum exhibit
jasper county historical museum exhibit
jasper county historical museum exhibit

Other popular exhibits

In December 2023, the museum added the exhibit titled “Local Settlers Helped Establish the Republic of Texas.” The showcased timeline explains the history of Jasper through major milestones such as the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the Texas Constitution. Historical leaders of this era are on display including George Washington Smyth who first surveyed the land in 1830, Dr. Stephen Hendrickson Everitt who represented Jasper County in the first five Congresses of the Republic of Texas, as well as several other important figures.

For those who love photography, you will enjoy the exhibit “Jasper, Texas – The Community Photographs of Alonzo Jordan.” Jordan was an important figure when it came to representing the African American communities in Jasper. He took photographs of many gatherings and special occasions like church events, weddings, coronations, parades, funerals, graduations, and parties. Jordan was able to capture the spirit of Jasper and now you can see it first-hand at the Jasper County Historical Museum.

Visitor Experience

The museum is a beloved addition to the town of Jasper. Locals are rooted in the abundant history and greatly care about what’s represented and how it’s represented. This sense of passion is felt by visitors far and wide. Read for yourself just what folks had to say about the Jasper County Historical Museum (from Google Reviews and Facebook).

The museum is REALLY well done. I was very impressed. I look forward to more upgrades and further expansion in the future.
– D Holmes

What an informative and life learning experience. Thank you for your hosting. Thank you Fred McCray of the Dixie Community and Philip White of the Shankleville Community for sharing your story. This is a must see visit for all generations.
– Brent M on the Black History Month exhibit in February 2024

So much knowledge in this building. Friendly local volunteers. Will be back again.
– A Robinson

Everybody from Jasper, TX should take the opportunity to visit this museum.
– John K

Tips for Visiting Jasper County Historical Museum

We love it when our guests share their experiences with us of their explorations around Jasper. Since reopening our Jasper bed and breakfast, here is what we’ve learned about the Jasper County Historical Museum that is worth sharing for a successful day in town:

  • The museum has a wheelchair-accessible entrance.
  • There is a restroom in the museum.
  • Every day they’re open is a good day to visit,, with little to no wait time at any point during the week.
  • Remember the hours of operation:
    • Closed Sun – Tue
    • Open Wed – Fri 11:30 am – 4:30 pm;
    • Open Sat 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Parking is a bit limited in front of the museum but there’s additional parking on the north side of the building, and along Main Street.
  • Keep in mind the hours of operation noted above, and plan accordingly so you don’t arrive too early or too late!
  • Follow the Jasper County Historical Museum on Facebook to keep up with special events, holiday hours, etc:

Check out ancient artifacts from the days of the Native Americans; discover photographs of the 19th and 20th centuries portraying the dynamic culture of the African American communities that many generations later still call Jasper home; experience the historic, hospitable, and friendly nature of the “Jewel of the Forest.” Book your stay with us now at Bird and Butterfly Inn – you’ll want to come back in no time!

On your next trip to East Texas, plan to visit the Jasper County Historical Museum, where you’re sure to learn some of the extensive and significant history of our charming town. It’s not uncommon to be met by Museum Director Tod Lawlis, and he and the volunteers love sharing their knowledge and their experiences in and around Jasper.

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