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Hood County Jail and Historical Museum

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Address: 208 N Crockett St, Granbury, TX 76048-2129
Phone Number: (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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 stars 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 stars 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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Thank Pat B
Frisco, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

If you are a Texas history buff, this is a great tour for you. The guides add excellent background to the tour and are well-versed on the history of the jail & Hood County.

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Thank FlyboyTX
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

This is a small building off the town square. Admission is $2 each. The volunteers do a nice overview and share interesting stories about the history of the area. It is an interesting detour and well worth the admission price!

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Thank James M
Rockwall, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

This small jail holds a LOT of historic pictures, artifacts and and a creepy "haunted" jail house. Admission is $2.00 for adults and worth every dime!

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