Chambers County Museum at Wallisville
Located in Chambers County halfway between Beaumont and Houston, the Wallisville Heritage Park has often been described as one of the best-kept secrets in Southeast Texas.
In addition to operating a museum and archives on Chambers County history, the facility includes a genealogy library and research center filled with approximately 2,000 books. The center also boasts 1,500 vertical files on pioneer families; along with historical people, places, and organizations of the county. The library and vertical files are open to the public at no charge during regular business hours.
The research center has previously published several books dealing with local history. "Chambers County: A Pictorial History" was published back in 1988 and received the T. R. Fehrenbach Award from the Texas Historical Commission. This publication is currently being reprinted by the museum. You can reserve your copy by contacting the museum.
A more recent publication, "Chambers County, Texas in the War Between the States," written by Kevin Ladd, covers the lives of 205 Confederate and 11 Union veterans from the county. They also have reprinted Flavia Fleischman's "Old River Country: A History of West Chambers County" and published "Memories Are Made of This", a cookbook of early local recipes that also showcases the history of the Wallisville townsite.
The staff of the museum is currently working on a new book project that they are fondly calling "Then and Now". The book will showcase early homes, buildings, cemetaries, etc. dating in the early 1900's along with current pictures of the same properties.
The staff is also currently working on updating the museum and rehousing all of its artifacts. If you haven't been able to drop by in a while, we recommend that you do so. We are discovering new artifacts almost daily, and these are being properly cleaned, identified, tagged, and displayed almost as quick as we are finding them.
The Chambers County Museum at Wallisville is open on Monday through Saturday from 9a.m. to 4p.m. and is located at Exit 807 on Interstate 10 at Wallisville in Chambers County.
From Houston: Take Interstate 10 East, exit 807, and follow the frontage road. The museum will be on the right.
From Beaumont: Take Interstate 10 West, exit 807. At the stop sign, turn left and go under the interstate. Go through the next sign and the road will curve around and pass the Methodist Church. Turn right into the back of the museum.
For additional information, call the museum at 409-389-2252 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org