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16th Annual Pioneer Days **Nov 15 and 16, 2019**
Tuesday, January 01, 2019
Nov 15 and 16, 2019 **FREE** Come and share some Western/Texas history with us! Cowboys, Native Americans, gun fighters, Civil.... More
CTOM Fall Concert at Market Square in Downtown Cleburne
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Reserve the evening of October 26th for the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum Fall Concert at Market Square in downtown Cleburne!.... More
*The Big Bear Native American Museum, located at the CTOM, has an excellent collection of Native American artifacts for you to see! Our admission fees are: Adults $5, Seniors (60+) $4, Kids 8-18 $2, Kids 7/Under Free. We have Groupon deals and discount coupons at LocalSaver.com. Groups of eight or more are also discounted $1/person. They operate the same hours as the rest of the CTOM.

REGULAR HOURS: (March to November) Thur/Fri/Sat, 10am to 5pm. Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Closed Mon/Tue/Wed.
WINTER HOURS: (December to February): Saturdays 10am to 5pm and Sundays 1pm to 5pm only. Closed Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri.
We do close during severe weather. Please call 254 998 0261 if you have any questions!

*Guest speakers for your organization?
Our foundation president, official Johnson County Co-Historian, retired school superintendent and school master for our Nolan River School, Randolph Garner, provides the service as guest speaker for our museum. You may phone him at 817 648 2815. Our Native American guest speaker is Choctaw native, Charlotte Whitney at 817 202 3414.

*Are tepees available for overnight camping? Our most asked question!
Sorry, but there is no overnight camping allowed on our property at this time.

*How much does a tour usually cost?
There is no charge for small tours. We accommodate bus tours with advance notice and are $5 person. A week’s notice required. Please call Carrie Reynolds at 254 998 0261 for all tour bookings/questions.
School tours are also booked through Carrie, and are $4/person (teachers, students, parents). Title I schools with certification are $3/person (teachers, students, parents). This is a 2-hr tour program.

*How much does an event cost?
We are an all-volunteer 501 (c)(3) foundation except for the Big Bear Native American Museum and operate on donations. There is no charge to tour the site for individuals or small groups. If you wish to reserve any or all of the Outdoor Museum for a specific period of time, you will need to contact a JCHF representative and get a quote. In general, the fee structure is $100 per hour with a three hour minimum. This includes weddings, family reunions, company picnics. Our annual Pioneer Days is a free event.

*What are the gate hours of operation?
Gate open time is restricted to the number of volunteers available.
Walking tours are permitted if gate is closed.
We are usually closed due to extreme heat, cold or rain.

REGULAR HOURS (March - November):
Thur/Fri/Sat from 10am to 5pm.
Sundays from1pm to 5pm. Closed Mon/Tue/Wed.

WINTER HOURS (December - February):
Saturdays 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Closed Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri.

*What type of foundation is the JoCo Heritage Foundation?
With the exception of the Big Bear Native American Museum, we are an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) foundation and donations are tax deductible. There are no paid staff except for the Big Bear Native American Museum.

*What type of events do we host?
Our location is available for weddings, birthdays, board meetings, family or corporate outings. We provide the location only and do not 'host' these events.
Our annual event is Pioneer Days held the Friday/Saturday/Sunday before Thanksgiving each year. There are several thousand people who attend this event.

*What is the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum?
The Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum is a private historical area that is open to the public. The Museum is operated by Johnson County Heritage Foundation, Inc., an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) foundation with the exception of the Big Bear Native American Museum. We were incorporated in March of 2005 and operate on donated funds. Our purpose is to educate and restore the rich history of Wardville, the first county seat of Johnson County and the impact the Chisholm Trail had on this historic site. With the addition of the Big Bear Native American Museum, we now include the impact and history of Native Americans in this area as well as the nation.

*What are the restrictions for alcoholic beverages?
The Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum is a family friendly historic site.
Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted on the grounds. Anyone who violates this is subject to severe penalties.
We reserve the right to refuse service/admittance to anyone. The exceptions are for private bookings and must be approved by JCHF, Inc.

*Are there any annually held events?
Our annual signature event is PIONEER DAYS held in November the weekend before Thanksgiving Day. You can view pictures from Pioneer Days in our Gallery. Other events are Market Days, summer day camps.

*What is the cost of getting a bus tour?
Guided bus tours are $5.00 per person and reservations with at least a week’s notice is required.
A fully guided tour will take at least an hour. To really see and hear everything takes about two hours.
A quick walk through takes about thirty minutes.

*Do we offer school field trips?
School tours/field trips are approximately two hours and consist of:
**Wardville 1854** (1hr)
Docent guided tour of all historic buildings, working blacksmith shop.

**Big Bear Native American Museum** (1hr)
Tour of the BBNAM including indoor scavenger hunt and Native American Storytelling (when available).

Prices effective October 1, 2017:
All public, private, home schools: Class size of 1-20= $5 each (student, teacher, parent).
Class size of 20+ = $4 each (student, teacher, parent).
Title 1 schools (ISD) w/proof of classification: = $3 each (student, teacher, parent).
***Send Title 1 certification to: carriereynolds8@yahoo.com.
Please call Carrie at 254 998 0261 to book all tours.

We have had over seven thousand school children on sanctioned field trips in the last few years. We are currently working with many local Johnson County schools to provide a historic school day in our one room school house with a legal day of classroom instruction. Instruction is by our retired school superintendent, Randolph Garner. Please contact him @ 817 648 2815 if your school would be interested. Need a minimum class size of 10 students, 4th grade and up. He also offers classes for adults and seniors!

*What are the special discounts for the Big Bear Native American Museum?
We are currently offering discount tickets to the Big Bear Native American Museum through LocalSaver.com that you can print yourself and also through Groupon.com.

*Do we offer any professional services on site?
Sam Keller, our Blacksmith, is available to do custom work by appointment only. Call 817 517 1924.
Cheryl Keller makes custom jewelry that is available on site. Call 817 271 6295.
John Jobe is our woodworker. Call 682 225 0861.

*Are there any requirements for large groups for extended stays?
Groups over 25 people require you to furnish portable restrooms if planning to stay more than two hours (private wedding, party, etc).
Call 254 998 0261 to discuss your options.

*Are you looking for volunteer docents?
We are an all-volunteer foundation with the exception of the Big Bear Native American Museum and rely on people who love history and people
to give tours. We would love to be open every day, but are limited by the number of volunteers to give tours.
So the answer to this question is YES. If you would like to learn more about becoming a docent, call Carrie Reynolds at 254 998 0261.

*What does it take to be a docent or tour guide?
This is not only a good question, but very important to us.
1. Docents need to love people and enjoy talking to them. We request Western dress.
2. A knowledge of area history is helpful and can be learned quickly.
3. Being available on weekends and special events; even if it is only one day a month or one day a week, we can use you. We are in need of people to volunteer on Saturday mornings and/or Sunday afternoons.
4. If available week days on a regular basis, we can use you.
5. We have some docents that only work special events, two to three times a year. Others call a few days ahead and we can schedule to fit their agenda.

*What type of events and groups have you had at the Outdoor Museum?
1. Weddings
2. Board Meetings
3. Birthday Parties
4. Mock Western Court Trials
5. School Field Trips (over 5000 students)
6. Civil War Re-encampments
7. Gunfighter Groups.
8. Blacksmith Gathering
9. Motorcycle Groups
10.Antique Car Groups
11.Scouting Groups
12.Camp Fire Girls
13.Senior Citizens Groups
14.Historical Groups
15. Native Americans
16. Garden Clubs
17. Annual Pioneer Days
18. Visitors from all over the world.
These are not all, but should give you an idea.

*Pet Policy
Pets are certainly allowed in all areas of the property, and we ask that you pick up after your pet. Plastic bags and scoops are not provided. Do NOT allow your pet to urinate on the historic buildings! There is a grassy strip between the cable fence and the road where you may walk your pet.
All pets must be on a leash at all times. NO EXCEPTIONS.
For the Big Bear Native American Museum: Certified service pets are allowed. You will need to show your certification at the door.
Thank you for your cooperation.

*Video Crews
These are the rules for any videos that use our location:
All parties who come onto the property must sign a Release Form in advance No exceptions
You must list us in your credits for location
You must provide us with a copy of the finished product
You must give us permission to use your finished product on our Web site and on our Facebook page (as listed on our Release Form)
You must leave the property clean and in original condition (as listed on our Release Form)
$50/day plus a refundable $50 deposit if the grounds are left clean and undamaged.

*Professional Photographers
$50/day, payable in advance.
Must sign a Release of Liability form.
Family photos are encouraged! (non-professional)

Chisholm Trail Marker - Wardville Courthouse
The Wardville Courthouse was the first county seat of Johnson County, chosen in August 1854, and located on an 80 acre donation from William O'Neal. Named for Thomas William Ward (1807-72), a Republic of Texas soldier and second commissioner of.... Read More
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After the Plains tribes were subdued and the buffalo decimated, ranches sprang up all over the Plains; most were stocked with Texas Longhorns and manned by Texas cowboys.

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