The Heritage Center of Cherokee County Museum is open Saturdays 11-3; Sundays 1-5; and weekdays by appointment. Group tours are welcome. Just call Betty for weekday appointments at 903-714-8685.
Go to our online Heritage Center Museum magazine - "People, Places, Stories, Artifacts of the Museum"
Our address is 208 S. Henderson St. People who visit the museum continually say "This is the best small-town museum we have seen!" There is no charge to visit the museum, although donations are welcome. The amazing history of Cherokee County is presented through 18 different exhibit areas throughout the 5,100 sq.ft. building. Special short-term exhibits are frequently shown so watch for the announcement of those exhibits. Standing exhibits include the pioneers of Cherokee County; the commerce of Cherokee County; the Rusk Penitentiary of 1883-1917; the Rusk State Hospital from 1919 to present day; the Military Hall of Honor with stories and artifacts from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and Viet Nam; Home Life and Grandma's Apron; the history of New Birmingham; the history of the Rusk Cherokeean (oldest weekly paper in Texas and still in operation); the Caddo arrowhead collection; our special art gallery. Our community exhibit for this year showcases all of the legislators who were from Cherokee County and served in the Texas Legislature since 1843 to the present day -- 9 senators, 42 state representatives, one U.S. Congressman and the first two native-Texans who became governors born in Rusk -- Gov. Jim Hogg and Gov. Thomas Mitchell Campbell.
We have rare and one-of-a-kind artifacts that you have to see to believe. We like to say, "all roads west came through this territory."