CHEROKEE COUNTY —
Cherokee History Trails
Got a yen to learn more about the history of the county? Gas up the car, pack some snacks and grab a Cherokee History Trails map for a day trip throughout Cherokee County to any one of the 135 sites listed, like the Ben Cannon Ferry (#61 on the trails map), a ferry across the Neches River in operation from 1848 to 1851. Or Little Bean’s Chero-kee Village (#11), named for a Native American who settled here with six other families between 1820-1839.
Maps are available through Chamber of Commerce offices in Rusk and Jacksonville, as well as the Cherokee County Historical Com-mission in Jacksonville.
The Bullard Historical Museum
Having accumulated various and sundry items over the years, local retired physician Mar-jorie Ferrell Roper decided to turn the old family pharmacy (the former O.L. Ferrell Drug Store at 105 N. Phillips) into a museum that shares the city's history. Visitors can check out the soda fountain where she dished up ice cream, along with a display of military memorabilia, a doll collection, books and other items. Contact the Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce, 903-894-4238, for more information.
The American Freedom Museum
North of downtown Bullard at The Brook Hill School, this 15,000-square-foot museum features artifacts and documents reflecting the nation’s history, as well as a special gallery featuring a document signed by United States presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama. Located at 22450 FM 2493, the museum is open to public on Saturdays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Groups of 12 or more may set up an appointment for special tours, with special rates. Cost is $5 for youths ages 6-17 and $6 for adults 18 and older. Military veterans and children ages 5 and younger enter free.
Vanishing Texana Museum
Since 1965, the Vanishing Texana Mu-seum has shared the history of Jacksonville through displays like a floor model of the Burns General Store, a toy collection and Native American artifacts, among others. The museum, located at 302 S. Bolton in the Senior Citizen Center, has 450 pieces, many of which were donated by the family of local resident J.L. Brown. There is no admission, but arrangements must be made through the Jacksonville City Secretary Betty Thompson for tours, said Sam Hopkins, chairman of the local museum board. Thompson may be reached at 903-586-3510, ext. 14.