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Heritage Center of Cherokee County showcases the history of the county since 1846. There are many artifacts in each exhibit area - Texas State Railroad, Rusk Penitentiary (1880s-1917), Ghost Towns - especially New Birmingham, Commerce in the county...more
The Heritage Center of Cherokee County is one of the best local museums that we have toured. It was so informative and full of local exhibits. We particularly liked how they had different sections: people who have served in the Armed Forces, education, home, the...More
We enjoy the museum. Some very interesting displays and facts about the area. And some of the artifacts where layed out where you could pick them up and examine them. We spent a good hour or longer there. Worth a visit if your interested in...More
This little museum in the center of Rusk is truly a hidden gem. The history of the area lovingly brought back to life through artifacts, displays and personal memorabilia from the families who settled Cherokee County.
We stopped in after another resident in Rusk suggested for us to visit this museum. Great place to visit. There's a lot of history we never knew about.
If you have an hour or two to spare and you're in the area to ride the...More
Someone on the train from Palestine told us we should see the Cherokee Heritage Center in Rusk. We got there 45 minutes before it closed and asked whether we would have enough time to see it. Betty said she would stay open until we had...More
A great museum that has been lovingly curated. The collection is full of objects -- many of them one-of-a-kind -- with fascinating backstories. My favorite is the 19th century drawing of the Rusk Penitentiary furnace by a prisoner (along with the wooden frame made by...More
At one time I use to pass up these local museums for the famous big dollar attractions in more high profile locations. No more. This is the sixth local county style museum or heritage center I have visited in the past couple of years. Almost...More
Rusk was the last stop for me on a 2 day East Texas Civil War roadtrip through Marshall,Tyler,Bullard and Rusk, Texas. My family has a long history in Cherokee County. 2 collateral ancestors were members of Co. K,18th Texas Infantry which was raised in Cherokee...More
The Heritage Center of Cherokee County is a not-to-be missed museum which will enhance other notable area attractions like the Texas State Railroad. The museum is thoughtfully grouped into collections such as "The Entertainers," which pays homage to famous artists and musicians with Cherokee County...More