Discussion in 'The Civil War Traveler's Companion' started by bdtex, Jan 29, 2017.
Last one from Oakwood Cemetery in Tyler:
Close by in Tyler is the Liberty Hill Cemetery:
I have kinfolk buried out in the country in Larissa Cemetery near Mt. Selman,Texas,which is about 25 minutes south of Tyler. Hadn't been there in almost 5 years. In the waning daylight Friday,I made a run down there to visit their graves and check on their gravestones. Found a CSA veteran buried there too:
6 cemeteries,2 roadside historical markers/sites,Harrison County Courthouse grounds,Harrison County Historical Museum and Camp Ford all in one day on Friday. I slept real good Friday night.
About 15 miles south of Tyler,along TX 69, is the town Bullard,Texas. My family lived there for a short while in the very early 60's. My father's family grew up on a farm in the country near the Larissa Cemetery. My father went to Bullard High School. His graduating class in 1955 was a total of 13 kids. Up until some time in the 80's,Homecoming was a basketball game because the school still wasn't big enough for a football team. My dad's grandfather ran a pool hall in Bullard. The town sprung up around the railroad tracks that used to run through there. The last time I passed through there was with my son in 2000 on the way to and from a roller hockey tournament in Tyler. Last week when I was planning my itinerary for Saturday,I was looking at a google map of Smith and Cherokee County and since I had been googling cemeteries and museums,the Google map showed an "American Freedom Museum" in Bullard. I clicked on it on the google map and it had the address and the hours 10am-5pm on Saturdays. I figured," What the heck? It's on the way from Tyler to Rusk. Might as well stop and check it out. It's in Bullard. Probably not a very big museum and it shouldn't take me long to go through it." I didn't even check it's website.
OMG y'all. Urban sprawl from Tyler has hit Bullard. It was unrecognizable from the sleepy little town I remembered. The old buildings along the railroad track are still there but the railroad tracks are gone. The American Freedom Museum is on the campus of The Brook Hill School which is a private college prep school. The founder of both the school and the museum is a gentleman named Stephen Dement who is obviously a very wealthy individual. It is a large museum of mostly all original military artifacts owned by Mr. Dement. There are some on loan from other private owners. The artifacts go from the American Revolution all the way to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. The Civil War collection of artifacts on display alone is very impressive. That section of the museum is called the Hall Of Freedom. There is also a Hall of Presidents that has a photo and/or painting of each US President and original documents with original signatures from each President. In January it is only open on Wednesday and Saturday. $6 admission for adults. No admission fee for veterans.
I went through all of both halls and was there for 2 hours and could easily have stayed 3 or 4 hours. I only took pictures of the Civil War exhibits. After taking pictures,I put the camera up and did another walk though the Civil War exhibits. I had planned to hit a cemetery in Jacksonville,which is 27 miles south of Tyler but I was in Bullard longer than I anticipated. This is my Civil War Traveler's Companion recommendation. Folks...you HAVE to visit this museum if you ever get a chance. It made my whole trip and it went on the itinerary as an afterthought really.
There are original flags,uniforms,weapons,ordnance etc. and even vehicles,parts of aircraft and landing craft inside the museum and a helicopter outside the museum. Still need to go through the pics again an pick the best one for posting.
The first thing you see when you walk into the lobby of the American Freedom Museum is this cannon. After I looking at it,I asked the lady at the desk working there how the museum acquired the cannon. That's when she informed me that the museum founder bought it along with just about everything else on display in the museum.
Gonna post pics now of original Civil War flags on display at the American Freedom Museum:
This one came out a little blurry:
@bdtex , I'm thoroughly enjoying this thread !
Thanks for taking us along on this tour.
Thank you. More to come tomorrow. Little tired this evening.
In the lobby of the American Freedom Museum,there is also a display case of Lincoln artifacts:
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