The complex houses the Rusk County History Museum and the Children’s Discovery Center. Clustered on five acres are eight restored buildings from Rusk County’s past. In the visitor’s center, visitors are treated to an orientation video that sets the stage for a tour of the complex. The video narrates tales of Indians, settlers, and wildcatters who populated early Rusk County. The cotton warehouse portion of a restored 1901 Missouri-Pacific Depot houses the Children’s Discovery Center, an innovative learning center for children.
The T.J. Walling log cabin is located in the backyard of the complex. The cabin was built in 1841, on land Walling received for fighting for the Texas Republic. The cabin portrays life of the early settler. The furnishings are from a list that was added to the 1895 cabin deed. The Walling Cabin is one of the oldest and best documented log structures in the state and has earned a Texas Historical Medallion.
The Arnold Outhouse boasts the most publicized historical marker in the state. This Victorian three-holer has a glass window, louvered shutters, and porch. Other structures in the complex include the 1880 Beall-Ross home built in the dogtrot style of architecture. Also on the grounds is the Missouri Pacific caboose, a barn, a broom factory, 1880s style doctor’s office, a print shop, a restored syrup mill, and an oil derrick. The syrup mill is the focus of the Heritage Syrup Festival held on the second Saturday each November.
The Depot Museum, located at 514 North High Street in Henderson, is open year-round. Hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
- Adults - $2
- Children under 12 - $1
- Groups with reservations pay half price