A surprise discovery awaits you in Brady, Texas at the Heart of Texas Historical Museum located at 117 N High St. in downtown Brady, Texas. The museum is housed in the old McCulloch County jailhouse, a 3 story structure circa 1910, complete with jail cells on the upper floors as well as a hanging noose with a real trap door. On the first floor you will find portraits of Brady’s namesake, Peter Brady and that of Ben McCulloch of McCulloch County fame. One room is dedicated to kitchen antiquities. Also displayed on the first floor are dresses worn by McCulloch County residents. A black wedding dress dated 1880, featuring a 20 inch waist, is notable in that it signifies that in Victorian times widows, no matter the age, were married in black.Part of the museum contains the restored vintage control tower from Curtis Field, a pilot training facility during World War II. The restored guard shacks from both the POW camps and Curtis Field are also on display.
Of particular interest is a rare World War I American Aviator uniform. Admission to the museum is free however if you wish to explore on a self guided tour the fee is $3 per person. The museum is open in the afternoon hours of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call the museum for more information. 325-597-0526 heartoftexashistoricalmuseum.com
Also in Brady, Texas is the Country Music Museum tracing the history of the country music industry. On display are stage costumes worn by country music artists, musical instruments and various collector items. The Country Music Museum is located at 1701 South Bridge St. in Brady, Texas. Contact them at 325-597-1895 for more information.