With a 41 year history behind us, we are the largest and best museum of any kind in Chambers County. Chambers County Museum at Wallisville is uniquely set up to serve the public that is interested in history. Our location right on the frontage road of I-10 essentially in the direct center of the county is easily available for the local and the traveling public. Over 100,000 vehicles pass our location every day.
The 501 (c) (3) non profit Wallisville Heritage Park was founded by John G. Middleton in 1979. John's vision was to recreate the original town of Wallisville in hope of preserving the frontier history. Middleton built the present day museum and library in 1989, moved in two school buildings from the 1800s and had them restored as closely as possible to the original structures. The project sparked so much interest that people donated artifacts, documents and photos from their ancestors that would create enough interest to attract visitors to the new museum. Since 1979, families continue to donate items of interest to the museum, each one adding to a story or to the history of one or more families.
In addition to operating a museum and archives on Chambers County history, our facility includes a genealogy library and research center filled with approximately 2,000-2500 books. The museum also boasts some seven hundred vertical files on pioneer families of the county. The library and vertical files are open to the public at no charge. Genealogists and researchers can stop in and visit the library any time.
Our goal is to educate visitors about the history of Texas, Chambers County and the area through displays of artifacts and photos, the writing and publishing of books, genealogy records, presentations by local historians, and annual events to highlight some of the early settlers to the area. Hosting school groups, adult tour groups, and club meetings is a way to share our information with others. Older visitors are able to contribute their vast knowledge and many stories from the past, so that we may pass them on. We hope to prepare young people for the future by teaching them more about the past.
We are very thankful for our faithful volunteers who come on a regular basis and also for those who assist us when time permits. Mary Schwertner and Susan Bollich, in the photo on right, are two of our very faithful Thursday volunteers. Mary is working at present to hand draw all of the Chambers County registered brands we have in our files. Once completed I will prepare them for display. Susan Bollich not only volunteers on Thursday, but whenever there is a need she can meet, which is often. She rarely misses preparing a meal for volunteers on Thursday. Roseamary Smith, a retired school teacher, has just joined our volunteer team and is identifying and labeling the maps in our extensive collection. Once completed, she will make an easily searchable list to assist guests in locating the maps in our collection. Two former Chambers County residents now living in Santa Fe, Texas have just notified us that they plan on making the 1 hour trip to our museum once a week to assist in any capacity needed.
If you would like to volunteer to assist us at the museum we would love to talk to you. Pease call the museum or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!