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History of Cotton Exhibit

Discover the days of a bygone era when cotton was a part of everyday life in Hunt County. Greenville was home to the world's largest inland cotton compress, which set a world record both in 1911 and 1912. Imagine in just one 10 hour work day being able to compress 2,073 bales of cotton! The engine of the compress is on display at the Museum.


History of Hunt County Gallery

The long-awaited Hunt County Gallery opened to the public in 2016! This section has been expanded to include exhibits on the early history of Hunt County, the people, schools and early businesses of this area. In addition, there will be a 1920s era main street exhibit with five stores that visitors will be able "window shop" as they walk down the "main street". They include a millinery, a clothing shop, beauty salon, hardware store and drugstore. Make sure to come on by to take a look at our new expansion!

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Lingerie From a Bygone Era

A new temporary exhibit of lingerie dating back to the 1800s up to the early 1920s are now on display! The oldest piece on display is a chemise from 1850 and there are several pieces from the Henson-Kickernick collection on exhibit as well. While headquartered in Greenville, Henson-Kickernick was one of the most cutting edge lingerie manufacturers in the nation, including being the first to introduce a nylon line and the first to introduce Lycra panties.

Make sure to check out the fancy men's wedding nightshirt from 1893! The exhibit will be on display through April 11th so make plans to stop by for a visit.



Rotating Veterans Gallery

This exhibit is dedicated to the veterans of Hunt County. Have you or your parents ever lived in Hunt County? If so, we would like to talk to you. This area is changed out approximately once a year so we are always on the lookout for new artifacts for this section.