Historic Sabine County Jail and Museum

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This is the Old Jail Museum - CLICK HERE for history and pictures of the Old Sabine County Jail

The Old Jail Museum and Virgie Speights Memorial Library, both located in the Historic Old Sabine County Jail,
is open Wednesday - Saturday from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
Old Jail Museum - Hemphill Texas

 

Old Jail Museum - Hemphill Texas

Old Jail Museum - Hemphill TexasBuilt in 1903, the old Sabine County Jail, on the square in Hemphill, Texas, now serves as a museum and genealogy library. The county spent $8,800. to build the jail which served until the current facility replaced it in 1983. At the time the old jail was closed, its operation was taken over by the Sabine County Historical Commission, though title still rests with the county. The Historical Commission raised funds and opened the first floor as a museum on November 11, 1987 and soon thereafter opened the second floor. The second floor has cells and the original gallows. Click here to see pictures of the cells and gallows and jail exterior and more history of the jail.

Some of the artifacts in the museum belong to the county, but a large part are on loan from the county's old families.

The Virgie Speights Memorial Library was established by Drayton Bennett Speights in memory of his wife, Virgie. Mrs. Blanche Toole, a genealogist, was named curator. Mr. Speights donated a large collection of genealogy and historic books to start the library. Used primarily for genealogical research now, the library also has early county court abstracts, tax and census records, deeds, and cemetery records for those interested in researching early settlers of the area - and those who spent awhile here as they passed through.

Old Jail Museum - Hemphill Texas Old Jail Museum - Hemphill Texas
Old Jail Museum - Hemphill Texas Old Jail Museum - Hemphill Texas
Old Jail Museum - Hemphill Texas Old Jail Museum - Hemphill Texas
Old Jail Museum - Hemphill Texas Old Jail Museum - Hemphill Texas