Limestone County Historical Museum
The Limestone County Historical Museum houses many interesting exhibits that document the history of Limestone County, Texas. On display are photographs and various other artifacts that provide information on Native Americans, early settlers, Fort Parker, communities and schools, the railroad, agriculture, military involvement, the Mexia Oil Boom, and notable personalities.
Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated.
Future Home of the Limestone County Museum
The Board of Directors is excited to officially announce that the museum association was recently gifted the Bessling-Cannon-Phillips Home in Mexia by the Jack and Mary Phillips Charitable Trust (Comerica Bank, Trustee) as a new home for the county museum. Restoration of some the original features of this 1896 Queen Anne Victorian are planned, and rehabilitation work to the home and property to make them better accessible to the public will also be completed. Relocating the museum to the new site will provide more exhibit space and better environmental controls. It will also provide a large space for archival storage, which the current building does not have.
William H. Bessling, an immigrant from Germany, had the home built for his family in 1896. This is an early photo of the home, which shows many of the features that the structure still retains today.