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Review of Camp Hearne

Camp Hearne
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Hearne
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Owner description: Camp Hearne Historic Site was the location of a WWII prisoner-of-war internment camp that housed 4800 German Prisoners during WWII. Yes, right here in Central Texas...a far sight from the fighting. Our exhibits explains the why and how of this story. Our tour takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the group dynamics. It includes a 16-17 minute video. Our exhibit includes artifacts from the archeological survey, prisoner artwork and many objects related to Camp Hearne’s U.S. Army – POW – Local experience during WWII. Certainly, we have some visitors that spend the day. It just depends on your level of interest. There are trails in wooded areas that lead back to some relics of prisoner-built theater and fountains they created to pass the time. These would require walking 1-1.5 miles if you visited all three.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed June 19, 2013

My family and I visited Camp Hearne on June 19, 2013. We arrived one hour before closing and were greeted very warmly. The site is small but full of history. The woman who gave the tour was very knowledgeable and kept everyone's attention. Each item in the museum has a special "personal" attachment to them. The video that was shared from the history channel shed light on aspects of prison life for those housed in America during the war (WWII). The comparison of how prisoners in Germany (from what I was taught in school) and how the Americans treated POWs were quite enlightening. Learning how the prisoners treated one another was a little shocking. Such places are needed to "clear up" some things people perceive as true. I can't wait until October when the museum brings in more history to absorb.

Thank Charlotte M
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

This museum is located on the site of the original Camp Hearne which was a WWII POW camp that housed hundreds of German soldiers. During that war, there were POW camps throughout the U.S. and Texas had more of these camps than any other state. The camps held German, Italian, and Japanese POWs. This museum is located in a barracks type structure with a rebuilt guard tower nearby and is the only museum, that I know of, in the U.S. that is dedicated to the history of the POWs. There is a Victory Garden outside and the original water tower is just a few hundred yards from the museum. Volunteers guide the visitors through the museum which is filled with memorabilia from WWII. There are items for sale which include T-shirts and books about the camp. The place is only 25 miles from Bryan-College Station where Texas A&M is located. Camp Hearne has a website which gives information about the museum.

Thank globeseeker007
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