The Van Alstyne Historical Museum is supported by private donations and the Van Alstyne Historical Society. The Society was organized in 1973 with the purpose of preserving historical artifacts of the town, seeking and making available facts about the town’s founders, families and culture relative to the settlement of the area.
Some of the treasures inside include:
- Furniture and other artifacts from the Collin McKinney home.
- Items from a typical 1890’s country home.
- Ephemera from early Van Alstyne businesses.
- Histories of many of the homes in the area.
- A replica of a country store in the early 1900s, complete with a coal stove, a spittoon from the Interurban and apothecary containers.
- Photos of the towns’ early people and places – a must-see for those interested in local genealogy and history.
For hours or information on arranging tours, please call 903-482-6176
The Van Alstyne Historical Museum is located in a turn of the century dry goods store downtown, across from City Hall, at 214-218 East Jefferson St.
Here are a few of the artifacts you will see in the Museum, remodeled in 2015 with the financial assistance of the CDC:
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