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Hood County Jail and Historical Museum

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Address: 208 N. Crockett Street, Granbury, TX
Phone Number: +1 817-573-5135
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Fri - Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The museum is housed in an authentic old western jail built in 1885 and...

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.

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My boys(including my husband) always complain when I take them to historical sites and museums. 9 and 11 years. We ate at Babes, toured the jail and got some icecream at The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 18, 2016
Brandie B
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Granbury, Texas
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Dallas, TX
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

The Old Jail and museum is an interesting stop while touring the downtown square in Grandbury. I was there on a busy Saturday and the small jail was very crowded. The downstairs former living quarters contains interesting historical artifacts and many historical pictures. The upstairs jail area contains the old cells and is a grim place. The volunteers at the... More 

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Granbury, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

My boys(including my husband) always complain when I take them to historical sites and museums. 9 and 11 years. We ate at Babes, toured the jail and got some icecream at The Nutshell bakery. We loved this place. Looks small but lots to see. Very interesting. The guides are very knowledgeable and tell you crazy stories of escape, let your... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the visit to the old jail. Only $2 donation to get in. Very friendly staff. Beautiful little town.

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Thank fw2340
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

I never do reviews, but after my experience today with Richard, I have to. My wife and I, including our 17, 6, and 5 year old, had a fantastic experience. Richard was the best tour guide we've ever had at a museum type establishment. This is really a two part historical feature. 1. The jail and all the rich history... More 

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Thank Damon G
Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

This was fun - the very enthusiastic docents/volunteers were the best part. They are so excited about the history and sharing the info with you! Seeing upstairs and the actual living conditions, the 'slammer', escape attempts and prisoner carvings was really cool perspective. Lots of neat artifacts and items downstairs as well. A good hour spent.

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Thank OriginalYouth
Granbury, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

It's a very interesting jail house, full of history and stories. You can still visit the cells and see how they hung them outlaws. You will enjoy it and the history

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Thank Carolsue P
Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

The Hood County Jail is the only original historic building in this area that remains as built. The structure of the jail cells are as used up until the 1970's, the stand alone cell complex inside the building walls brings the fate of the prisoners home to people in the current century. Even more interesting is the massive amount of... More 

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Thank cillaron
Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

The highlight of the museum are the jail cells upstairs. As far as county museums go, its not the worst, not the best. As with most county museums, the volunteer staff are very informative, and the best resources for information gathering.

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Thank Mikeyveck
Cleburne, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting old jail in historic Granbury. The cemetary in town also has Davy Crockett's family plot including his wife. Very interesting place indeed

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Thank Danny D
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Margaret Ann gave us such an incredible informal tour - showing us what we didn't want to miss along the way, then gave us plenty of time to look around. Terrifying account of prison conditions as recent as 1977. Women were allowed to be put away for "lunacy", which means any time she fought with her husband, she could be... More 

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