Stephenville Historical Museum
This historical museum is located inside a historic ranch house that was home to John Tarleton, the founder of the institution of learning that grew to become Tarleton State University. The museum includes a number of exhibits that interpret the history of central Texas and Stephenville, as well as a dozen nineteenth century structures such as log cabins, a church, and a one-room school. Each of these buildings are also filled with exhibits and available for tours.
Backstory and Context
The arrival of the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railway proved to be a turning point in the small town's history, as access to the railroad promoted the growth of several companies that connected area farms to the market. With the railway came the establishment of John Tarleton Agricultural College, which is now a leading regional university and the largest employer in the area.