The Museum had its beginning in 1963 when the McMullen County Historical Survey was appointed and organized by the late Judge Jesse P. Crain. The first repository was located in a closet in the McMullen County Courthouse and later a small room on the second floor was used for the museum. The museum was opened in the Courthouse in 1967 and artifacts were displayed in the museum and the overflow was displayed in the Court Room. In 1974 Nora and Clifton Wheeler gave the old Rock Store for a permanent Museum Home. At this time private contributions financed some needed repairs. In 1977 the Museum was dedicated during the McMullen County Centennial celebration. Private financial contributions have made restoration possible.
Thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make the museum a reality and those who are still working on it. The Museum and Archives are located on Main Street (Hwy. 16) across the street from the courthouse and is open by appointment during the week and weekends. There is usually somebody available in town or at the courthouse during the week to open the doors and give some history about the items in the museum. During the week from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm call the County Judge at 361-274-3341 or Mrs. Wheeler at Wheeler's Store 361-274-3331. On weekends please call Wheeler's store for more information about an appointment.