Crockett County Museum

Ozona's Premiere Museum

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          Here is A Sneak Peak of what your missing out on at your local Museum!!!!

      

Marolyn Bean & Jill Crawford enjoying the “Ladies’ Tea” Exhibit June 14th.

This “BEAUTIFUL” piece belongs to Cathy Carson our Vice president here at the Museum.

Ozona Outpost: Crockett County Museum

(reprinted from Texas Highways article)

You get the idea of just how empty and remote the country around Ozona is when you learn that local officials installed a red light on top of the 1902 Crockett County Courthouse not only to summon the sheriff’s deputy but to guide travelers to town after dark.

Known these days primarily as a convenience stop between San Antonio and destinations out west, modern Ozona is often overlooked by visitors barreling through town on Interstate 10.

But don’t sell Ozona short. Just moments from the interstate, Ozona offers travelers a taste of West Texas past and present with an engaging history museum, downhome restaurants,
and friendly locals who appreciate the town’s slower pace of life.

Since 1938, visitors from all over the world have stopped at the Crockett County Courthouse square to take pictures with county namesake and Alamo hero David Crockett. Artist William M. McVey’s pink granite statue bears an inscription reflecting Crockett’s daring worldview: “Be sure you are right, then go ahead.”

“The best thing about Ozona is the quiet. And at night you can see the stars—every one of them.”

Just behind Crockett in the middle of the square, a bronze statue dubbed The Tie That Binds depicts a young pioneer family looking west—the woman in a bonnet, the man in full-brimmed hat and holding a boy. Created by Crockett County native Judy Black, the sculpture represents the hardships and community spirit of the pioneers who settled this isolated part of the world.

Ozona’s story continues across the street at the Crockett County Museum, where three stories of exhibits span from the Stone Age through the 1950s. Outdoors near the entrance, an early 20th-century wagon and water pump illustrate the challenges faced by settlers who spent most of their time and energy getting from place to place and finding water. With almost no surface water, Crockett County was uninha-bitable until the late 19th century, when the development of windmills and pumps allowed irrigation from the aquifer. The early settlers raised sheep and cattle, and the discovery of oil and gas in the 1920s made some of them millionaires.

The museum’s exhibits cover prehistoric fossils, Native American artifacts, and ranching tools, along with a few surprises. Among its exhibits chronicling the area’s ranching history, the museum highlights items that tell the story of female settlers, including elegant tea sets and delicate pieces of fine china from the early ranching days.

“The strong women of West Texas have a story that is often forgotten,” Museum Coordinator Emily Guerra says. “Our museum tells their story through the tea sets and china, along with a display of women’s hats and dresses from the early 20th century. It’s my favorite part of the museum.”

Next door to the museum is the stately 1902 Crockett County Courthouse. West Texas architect Oscar Ruffini designed the structure in the Second Empire style. Builders used locally quarried stone for the courthouse and also for the 1892 jail, parts of which are still in use. The jail resembles a church, although the belfry is really a hanging tower (the county never had to use it).

We are so honored to have someone see the charm in our town, we just had to share this article on our website.

(Read the whole article on Texas Highways.)

2017 Membership Drive & Dinner

I know its a bit late but here are some photos of the museums membership drive & dinner. It was a really entertaining & educational event. Judge Deaton gave an oustanding presentation.

The food was great! The decorations were beautiful & the company was delightful. Not to shabby for a Tuesday night in Ozona.

If you missed this one maybe you will consider catching the next one in 2018.

Museum Bridal Exhibit 2017

Everyone knows that the month of June is bridal season, that is why the Crockett County Museum has designated the month of June to showcase its unique Bridal Exhibit. We have wedding dresses that date back all the way from the year 1909 to present day.

The Bridal Exhibit is featured every five years, the last one on display was June 2012 with about 17 dresses on display. This year the exhibit grew more than twice its size with over 30 dresses to display and family history to go with each.

It is located on the main floor of the museum and will be featured until Labor Day 2017. There halls are lined with photographs, accessories and stories to share with anyone interested in observing this unique exhibit.

The museum is open Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM and Saturday 10AM to 3PM there is a $3.00 admittance fee to tour the museum. If only interested in touring the Bridal Exhibit we accept donations in lieu of entrance fee.

 

 

Where has the time gone?

It’s been a while since our last update here at the Crockett County Museum but as the saying goes “history never gets old”.

The museum hosted its Membership Drive and Appreciation Dinner on September 20, 2016, at the Ozona Youth Center. Michael Barr was our guest speaker for this event. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and government from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in history from Texas State University.  He was a teacher and a principal at Fredericksburg, Johnson City, and Gatesville.  He taught at Austin Community College, Temple College, and Baylor University.  His stories have appeared in Old West, True West, Texas Highways, and Southwestern Historical Quarterly.  He is the author of Rope Burns and Lead Poisoning – a collection of Old West stories.  His latest book is Remembering Bulldog Turner (Texas Tech University Press), an INDIEFAB award winner in the sports category.  His stories have been featured on “The Sounds of Texas” radio program hosted by Tumbleweed Smith.  His “Hindsights” column appears in the Fredericksburg Standard and Radio Post, the Johnson City Record-Courier, and in TexasEscapes.com – an online magazine.  He and his wife Ginger live in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Sandy Glover was the winner of our  Annual Wool and Mohair Show raffle on December 3, 2016 and we also participated in the Chamber of Commerce Night on the Town December 8, 2016.

Don’t forget we now have the option to purchase your membership online.

 

4TH OF JULY SALE!!

13563221_1147056842012168_359243401_n13565414_1147056718678847_1344225409_n 13565574_1147056782012174_631340300_nWe invite you for our 4th of July gift shop annual sale! 15% off select items. Don’t miss out on the collectors items from our Alamo exhibit!!

Getting ready for a trip or a vacation???

                                        Shebobo Bags!!

Come by and purchase a great quality and colorful bags. Perfect for a trip to the beach or a carry on for any other getaway! Not many in stock so don’t miss out!

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Learning Never Stops for OES!!!!

We would like to thank  Ozona Elementary School for coming to visit our local museum. We greatly enjoyed your company and cant wait for next years bunch!

Guess Who Stomped right in??!!

Ivan Weir from Ontario, Canada stopped by the museum April 29, 2016. He was one of the few people who helped to restore the 1892 Gig located at the museum. The Gig was then purchased by Mr. Gene Perry who in turn donated it to the Crockett County Historical Society. A Gig is defined as a two wheeled vehicle, that was used with two people riding it facing towards the front.

Ivan caught our attention when he arrived to the museum. He was very interested in going up to our third floor and visiting our buggy room. He had quiet a bit of history on how this Gig ended up here at our local Museum and gave plenty of detail. We thanked him for stopping by and also thanked him for the work he put in to make such a wonderful Carriage ride many tourist enjoy seeing at or local museum.

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  • Make your Valentine special and come shop with us at your local Crockett County Museum gift shop.
  • We have many great gifts in stock and reasonable prices.
  • Discounts are available.
  • DONT FORGET!! It’s never to late to become a member and receive great deals.

                                                        HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!