The Clay County 1890 Jail Museum and Heritage Center and the Red River Valley Tourism Association have joined with the Wichita Falls Museum Coalition to celebrate the 2012 Stroll ‘n Roll. This free event will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and will feature over 30 area museums and attractions.
“The Red River Valley Tourism Association is excited to be participating during this year’s event,” said Sammie Hatfield, CVB Group Sales Representative and association member. “This is going to be a wonderful day of exploration and excitement for citizens who venture to some of our surrounding communities to share in their colorful culture, history and art.”
Several of the association’s 53 member cities will welcome visitors to their museums, galleries and points of interest are Bonham, Denison, Duncan, Henrietta, Jacksboro, Muenster, Nocona, Paducah, Paris, Seymour, Sherman and Vernon. Stops in these cities will include the Frontier Village Museum and birthplace of President Dwight Eisenhower in Denison, Clay County 1890 Jail Museum in Henrietta, Muenster Museum, Sherman Jazz Museum, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Nocona and much more. A complete list can be found at www.RedRiverValley.info.
The Clay County 1890 Jail Museum will have a special display in preparation for the 81st annual Pioneer Reunion featuring “Queens, Quilts, and ‘Quipment”.
“We are excited to unveil to the public the new Agricultural Museum addition, formerly the Henrietta VFD Fire Hall, which will display equipment used by our pioneer forefathers,” said Travis Childs, local historian. “Inside the Jail Museum, beautiful “friendship quilts” will be on display from surrounding communities, as well as memorabilia from past Pioneer Queens.”
Betty Ellsworth, Chamber Director, encourages the community to take advantage of this “sneak peek” weekend opportunity before the crowds get here for Pioneer Reunion weekend. “I don’t think the majority of Clay County is really aware of how fortunate we are to have such a beautiful treasure as the museum to preserve our unique heritage,” Ellsworth said.
For more information, contact the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce at (940) 538-5261.