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“history with a splash of haunted.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hood County Jail and Historical Museum

Hood County Jail and Historical Museum
208 N. Crockett Street, Granbury, TX
(817) 573-5135
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Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in Granbury
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The museum is housed in an authentic old western jail built in 1885 and located just off the northeast corner of the town square. The museum preserved the upstairs jail cells and hanging gallows just as they were when the County used it as a jail. The main floor houses exhibits on Hood County history covering David Crockett's descendants, General Granbury's tombstone, the Colony, Jesse James, John Wilkes Booth, Bell Starr, Comanche Peak, Barnard's Trading Post, the Brown family piano, and much more. It is recommended to call museum in advance.
Granbury, Texas
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“history with a splash of haunted.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

this historic museum used to hold the inmates of Granbury,texas. there is so much history in this place, the stories & feelings you feel when you enter, are a shot of anxiousness & adrenanline.

Visited October 2011
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Grapevine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“interesting and very spooky!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

My husband and I stopped in here, and were impressed by the amount of historical information downstairs and the creepiness of seeing the jail cell areas upstairs. The area has been cleaned, but left untouched - with graffiti, paint peeling, and you could really imagine the living conditions of the inmates who were housed here. There was anecdotal information posted in areas, and although no one was actually hung here - you can see where that would have happened...overall, very creepy and fun to explore!

Visited June 2012
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“interesting - but...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Unaware that the museum closed at 4:00 pm, we arrived 10 minutes before closing time. When we opened the door and stepped into the museum, the employee/volunteer loudly announced that we had 10 minutes! When we asked if that would allow us time to see the museum, she said we had to sign in and put our money in the box - "Now you have 9 1/2 minutes!". Needless to say we didn't see the museum that afternoon but did go back the next day. It is a very interesting historical site but it would benefit from some organization and editting - a bit of an overload of "stuff" for my taste. The staff could use some training on customer service.

Visited April 2012
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Magnolia, Texas
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
“Teriffic, spooky place worse than Alcatraz”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

I thought we were rushed through the museum, but my friend couldn't wait to get out of there! If you like touring jails, this is the place for you. No hangings took place here, but you can see where they would have occurred. Original graffiti, peeling paint, no windows, layers of iron doors--not for young children.

The downstairs exhibits are pretty interesting; there's even something on Davy Crockett, whose wife was given a land grant in the Granbury area. I am planning to come back again because there is so much to see. If you have any mobility problems, are claustrophobic, or cannot climb up attic stairs, you will need to pass this one up.

Visited March 2012
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Granbury, Texas
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“INTERESTING Place to see,”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

Great place to visit and the nicest guides. Fun? to see an OLD jail that was used 100 plus years ago ubtil the 1970"s

Visited February 2012
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