Franklin County Museum
The Museum consists of three separate buildings containing artifacts and memorabilia
from early pioneer settlers lives, the great American Wars, exhibits the towns in
Franklin County and special exhibits dedicated to Pierce Lyden (famous movie bad man
of Hollywood’s old westerns from 1932-1962) and Clarence Mitchell, Franklin’s own
major league baseball player in the early 1900s.
Ol’ Towne is a recreated old west township with Indian artifacts, rock specimens, old
farm items and many other interesting articles. The Lone Star school is an authentic
one-room building restored to how a teacher would teach a class in the 1870s. Overall,
there are countless interesting artifacts, books, articles and pictures that definitely
make it worth the visit. Special tours and meeting facilities with kitchen and wireless
internet are available.
Admittance is by free will donation.
Suggested admittance is $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for children.
Three separate buildings of artifacts and memorabilia related to early pioneer settlers,
American Indians, military service, famous or infamous County citizens, farming and
ranching. Buildings include the main museum building, an authentic one-room 1880s
schoolhouse and Ol’ Towne which replicates an old west township. Special tours and
a meeting room are available.
Phone: (308) 425-3030, 1309 H Road, Franklin, NE 68939
Established in 1932, the Franklin
County Museum preserves the heritage and genealogy of Franklin County with
many displays of historical items. It consists of three separate
buildings. The largest contains many artifacts and memorabilia from the
area such as WW1 and WW2 uniforms, newspaper articles, pictures, letters,
ammunition, honor ribbons and medals. Most of the artifacts are from
Franklin County residents who fought for their country during many different
time periods, and in numerous wars and battles. It also contains many
pictures of the pioneers that founded and first lived in Franklin. A
special exhibit is dedicated to the life and times of Pierce Lyden, famous
‘bad man’ of Hollywood’s old westerns. The exhibit displays hundreds of
items from his movie years including his saddles, clothes, pistols, posters
and pictures. Pierce was born in Franklin County.
The middle building contains what is
called “Ol’ Towne.” It is designed to look like an old western township.
Inside are old fire engines, antique tractors, horse drawn implements,
tools, Indian artifacts, rock specimens, photographs, old farm items and
many other articles that depict the lives of previous generations of
Franklin County settlers.
The third building is the old Lone Star
one room schoolhouse that was used in Franklin County from the late 1800s
through the early 1900's. The schoolhouse was eventually moved to its
current site on the Museum grounds and is decorated to reflect how it would
have looked in its heyday. Many of Franklin County's residents were
educated in this schoolhouse up until the building of the Franklin Academy
and the new public school.
Overall, the Franklin County Museum has
countless interesting artifacts, books, articles and pictures that
definitely make it worth the visit. Arrangements can be made to open the
Museum for special tours and facilities are available for private meetings.
Admittance is by free will donation. Suggested admittance is $2.00 for
adults, $1.00 for children. For more information, call (308) 425-3030.