Fort Worth has yet another reason to boast. Winner of the 2007 Mitchell A. Wilder Award from the Texas Association of Museums, the Texas Civil War Museum, is teeming with flickers from the past. Promenading a collection of Victorian dresses, well-preserved swords, rifles and displays of ammunition and even an underwater mine, one need not be a Civil War buff to become a fan of this museum.
Back in 2006, the Richey family combined their private collection items with those of The United Daughters of the Confederacy to create this museum. The United Daughters of the Confederacy contributed the Texas Confederate Collection focusing on items from the lives of Texas soldiers and incorporates a spectacular grouping of historic flags such as the 1st National Pattern Bible Flag carried by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler, the 11th Texas Cavalry Flag, a 1839 Pattern Texas Flag of the 1st Battalion Sharpshooters or 7th Texas Infantry and even a Vicksburg First National flag (1st National pattern know as the Boy Flag).
The Judy Richey Victorian Dress Collection is comprised of 250 dresses for women and children that date back to as early as the year 1860 through 1900. The exhibition rotates dresses in the collection to keep their displays fresh. This part of the museum is quite impressive, with pieces ranging from hairpieces to a red laced dress for a little girl, embroidered boots and dresses demonstrating the bodily contortions women of the day faced.
The Ray Richey Civil War Collection contains over 3,000 items that depict the War Between the States spanning beyond the fighting to medical care with an amputation kit on display and a pillowcase still spotted with blood. This cluster of collectibles also includes horns and drums that beat bravery into every stride the soldiers made on their way to meet their fate.
For those who need action, every 30 minutes the movie Our Homes – Our Rights-Texas in the Civil War, will be featured in the theater in front of the Magnolia Mercantile Gift Shop. The gift store is an adventure itself and peddles everything from soldier hats, Victorian gloves, era cookbooks and even actual hardtack-a cracker-like snack made from flour and water that soldiers would use as sustenance.
Adult admission is $6 and children under 6 are free. Children aged 7 to 12 pay $3. The museum is located at 760 Jim Wright Freeway North in Fort Worth. If using a GPS to find the museum, make sure to include North in the address. Additional questions and information can be obtained by calling (817) 246-2323 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.