Clement Railroad Hotel Museum

Clement Railroad Hotel Museum

Clement Railroad Hotel Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
State Historic Site. Education. Events. Tours. Venue Rental. Membership. Community Center. All at the heart of Dickson. The Clement Railroad Hotel Museum's museum is to explore and celebrate the innovative leadership and values that have shaped the community, and to provide educational opportunities which connect the past to the present and enhance the quality of life. The Hotel Halbrook, the home of the CRHM, was constructed in 1913 and is one of the few remaining examples of a railroad hotel in a small Tennessee town. It functioned as a working man's hotel until 1954.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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rangercatfish
Fredericksburg, TX68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Solo
Rolling east or west on I-40 about a 1/2 hour west of Nashville, when you get to Dickson, Tennessee, you'll see the brown interstate history signs for the "Clement Hotel Railroad Museum". If you have a few hours to spend, do your self a favor, and take the exit, and head for beautiful downtown Dickson. I got there about dinnertime (noon in the South), and ate at the Ace Diner (see review) before taking in the museum. I happened in while Derrick Webster, Operations Coordinator, and Tina Littleton, the Museum Coordinator, were working with Wanda Pendergrass, a docent. I was warmly greeted, and quickly became immersed in the most interesting history of the Clement Hotel Railroad Museum in particular, and the history of Dickson County, Tennessee in general. I found the juxtaposition of the political, cultural, and mechanical (or industrial) history found in this museum to be fascinating, and well worth the visit and time. Without giving everything away, note that the hotel building has a history, the railroad has a history, and the name Clement comes from the fact that a three term Governor of Tennesse was born in the building. You can stand in the very room where history was born. The name Clement probably doesn't mean much to a visitor that's not from Tennessee, but Governor Clement (the youngest Governor in modern history) made very significant contributions to the history of both his State, and his Nation, for which all Americans should be proud.
After visiting with Derrick, and Tina, Ms. Wanda gave me a tour, which kinda whetted my appetite to learn more about the entire town, and County. She did an admirable job of weaving together the threads of history and culture which comprise the museum exhibits. Did you know that the cannonballs used by Andy Jackson at New Orleans were cast in Dickson County? Me, neither. And for you railroad buffs, the Dickson Model Railroad Club has a terrific model railroad exhibit on the second floor that had three trains running simultaneously when I was there. It's a fine exhibit, and worth lingering, so you can talk to the "Engineer" on duty.
After my all too short two hour visit, I regretted that prior plans prevented an overnight stay, and I thought that Dickson County would make a worthwhile vacation stopover for "out of staters". It should certainly be on the list of all Tennesseans (particularly Nashville) as a terrific weekend getaway spot. I would love to see the Droulliard Mansion in Cumberland Furnace, Montgomery Bell State Park, and I did journey over the hill and around the bend to see the Dickson County Courthouse, built in 1803, and the oldest continuously operating courthouse in Tennessee (and second oldest in the US, I think). Got my picture took sitting in the judge's chair. (Don't tell the Judge).
All in all, a museum worthy of inclusion on your Tennessee itinerary, a friendly southern town, (full of friendly Southrons), and a great place to have a getaway weekend. If you go, tell'em Catfish sentcha, and have a great time.
Written August 18, 2011
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Robert7183
Cumberland Furnace, TN23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2010
this museum was displaying the history of the local city of Dickson, which was a railroad town. It is decorated with many period pieces that would have been common. The original register is on display, and a cute railroad display is there for the kids. At the time, they were having a special display of civil war era medical instruments. Very good collection. I would reccomend going if you are in town. The admission was very low, and they had decent prices on the items in their gift shop;.
Written March 18, 2011
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William W
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
Lived in and around dickson for years, but I never visited here until recently when I had to take my daughter to her music class held inside. While waiting we walked around and looked at the displays, and I was honestly surprised how interesting it was. There are a lot of things from the old days of travel such as wardrobe suitcases, train schedules, and other things. Upstairs is a large working model train set. Everyone should check it out at least once. It doesn't take long and is quite interesting.
Written May 2, 2016
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Bill E
Durango, Mexico132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The wife and I visited this museum and thoroughly enjoyed it. Work was being done upstairs so we didn't see all the displays - the model train especially but there was enough other displays on the first floor to enjoy and learn from.
Written March 23, 2020
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wmloyd4855
Pleasant View, TN46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The Clement Railroad Hotel Museum was quite a surprise. The model railroad display was top notch. The docent, Lowell, was the nicest fellow and was very knowledgeable about the model train (which he operated for us) and about railroad history in Dickson. There were several other really professional displays of artifacts and information about Franklin County history and the history of the hotel. We even learned that the first female US Senator was Hattie Wyatt Caraway from Dickson. But I think the most impressive part of the museum were the displays focused on Dickson native and former Tennessee governor Frank Clement. They even have a recreation of his office with desk and chair and such. It was very well done. This is a small museum but well worth the time.
Written August 10, 2019
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granpeggy2004
Quincy, FL25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Business
If you like history at all, this is your place. If you know some about Dickson County and want to learn more, this is the place for you. We had a business engagment and were limited for time, but we got a good idea of what is there, but I would love to go back and spend more time.

The entire staff was great.
Written October 16, 2013
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MichellesWanderlust
Tennessee Ridge, TN111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Family
Our family of 4, ages 12 to 45, enjoyed our tour at the museum. We were amazed at how well everything was maintained. So much to see ad the tickets are very reasonable. Kids are free and adults are $4(I think). Upstairs has a large room devoted to miniature trains and villages. You can tell the staff love their jobs. There were helpful and cheerful. The location is super convenient as you can park fro free and walk to a few restaurants and several shops.
Written December 27, 2012
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Bill R
Memphis, Tennessee, United States35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
This railroad hotel has been around for over a hundred years. The three time governor of TN was born here. Dickson was major railroad switching hub until the interstate road system put them out to pasture. Interesting to see how people lived at the beginning of the 20th century.
Written February 17, 2019
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Theresa L
Fairhope, AL88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Business
I stopped in here when I had a couple of hours free and, boy, am I glad! This museum has been decorated and furnished in much the same way as it was in the railroad's heyday. The docents are extremely knowledgeable and are a treasure-trove of history. Located in downtown Dickson, it's one good reason to make sure you check out the heart of this charming city.
Written August 11, 2016
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Judy D
Boca Raton, Florida, United States47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
this is a railroad and hotel museum with an actual train set that you can actually run the train. it had a lot of railroad items that we had to help the guide with what some of the stuff was since we had been to many railroad museums but all in all a very nice place. and the price was minimal ($2 for seniors).
Written June 5, 2016
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