De Leon, Texas Area Historical Museum

By: Sierra Dyson

Did you know that there is a historical museum located in De Leon, Texas? Well, there is and you really need to visit it when you are coming through the area.

The De Leon Area Historical Society opened the De Leon Area Historical Museum in August of 2018 after discussing the idea of creating a museum to preserve the town’s history for several years. Members worked together to find the perfect location to make the dream a reality and ended up obtaining the old train depot from the city. However, while the society is in the process of renovating the old building, their temporary residence is located at 173 N Texas Street in De Leon. At this location, they have begun gathering memorabilia and setting up the museum while the depot is still under construction.

The museum is open 10 AM to 4 PM Wednesday through Saturday, and boasts a large collection of military paraphernalia, uniforms, and medals as well as other historical pieces. Some of the museum’s featured pieces include a parking meter that once stood on Texas Street as well as two telephone switchboards that Totelcom has loaned them. The museum also has sections from The Central Texas-MKT Railroad, the small communities around DeLeon, schools that once existed in the area, and finally local artists and authors from the area as well. There is also a featured art exhibit from Lillian Price that is titled, “Happy Days” that is  on display, and includes over 60 paintings about rural Texas. This exhibit is really something for art enthusiasts to behold and it is worth the trip.  

Lillian Cogburn Price wanted her daughter and grandchildren to know about her childhood in 1906 to 1913 in rural Texas. So she started painting her recollections and wrote short stories about each painting. Now the paintings are displayed at the museum to let others know what life was like a hundred years ago in the area. It has been described as whimsical, nostalgic, and wholesome by viewers. 

With that being said, The DeLeon Area Historical Museum is an amazing collection of artifacts and pictures of this area — people, businesses, and events that have made it a strong farming area still today.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to see the collection which is growing and changing on a regular basis.

You are also invited to visit The Old Time Christmas Celebration on Dec 6 and 7 which will be displaying family treasured Christmas ornaments or decorations with their stories at the museum, as well as Laura Connor Kestner’s book sale/signing on Dec the 7th. You can also visit their facebook page HERE for more updates. Once you are here, don’t forget to stop by the Terrill Antique Car Museum for more history and then Last Chance BBQ for lunch!