Street Address
5117 North Main Street
Baytown, TX 77522
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1244
Baytown, TX 77522
phone: 281-421-2099
e-mail: info@baytownhistory.org
web: www.baytownhistory.org
Hours
Last Saturday of each month and by appointment.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Admissions
Free
Services
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Wybra Holland, President
phone: 281-421-2099

Description

Located on the Republic of Texas Plaza, the living-history museum complex consists of two historic houses, the oldest existing one-room schoolhouse in Harris County, a replica barn that can be used for meetings and other activities. Physical office, gift shop and reference library not yet open to the public, will be housed on site in the 1898 house now being restored. All staff/docents are volunteer at this time.

Tours

Tours are given to area school children and to others by appointment.

Conservation

Our buildings are maintained by the Association, endeavoring always to keep to the original as much as possible.

Barn Project

Funds are still needed to complete the interior walls, build a kitchenette, and install air conditioning and heat. If you would like to donate to the Barn Raising Fund, please contact us. In appreciation, all donations starting at $250 will be recognized on a permanent plaque in the barn.

Mission

The Baytown Historical Preservation is dedicated to the preservation of structures, artifacts, and documents that reflect and represent the history and culture of Baytown and its people through educational programs and materials that communicate the heritage of the Baytown area.

History

The Baytown Historical Preservation Association ("BHPA") operates Baytown's only "living history" venue. The 1894 Wooster School, believed to be the oldest one-room schoolhouse indigenous to Harris County, and the 1910 Brown-McKay House located at the Republic of Texas Plaza Park are preserved and interpreted by BHPA. Visitors experience rural life in a rice farming community that existed before the discovery of oil and the subsequent industrialization of the area. BHPA is enhancing this experience by the addition of a post and beam barn that will house farm implements and a display on rice farming.

Artifacts Collections

Two historical homes (1898;1910) furnished in period furnishings and style. The 1894 Wooster Common School No. 38 has been restored and furnished in period style. Items being collected for the interpretive barn.

Research Collections

Documentation on early area families and activities. Applications, including the historical narratives, of all the historical markers in the area.

Educational Programs

Regular tours are conducted each years for the students of the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District, and others by appointment. Lectures given on request to area organizations.

    Facilities

    Performance Areas

    Publications

    Quarterly Newsletter, Annual Report by request.

      Services

      Online Gift Shop

      Special Event Rental

      Group Tours