I had been to a 4b meeting in which Pat Barrow asked the board for money to help restore the museum. She came very well prepared, with a thick notebook full of plans and details, and I was very impressed. The vote will take place at the next 4b meeting. She invited me out to the mill for a tour. I confess that I have seen the various adverts, been by there a couple of times when it was not open (and forgot to try to go again when I knew it was), but I really had no idea what a cool place it is.
I'm not going to attempt to tell the entire story and certainly can't do it in the fine way Pat did, so will put in some highlights I enjoyed with a few pics. I took a LOT of pictures which are on the Somervell County Salon flickr site. Anyway, the main reason Barnard's Mill is such a treasure is because it is the first historical place in Glen Rose. From the Cleburne Times.
After the government moved the Indians to Indian Territory in 1859, Charles Barnard moved to the Paluxy River in 1860 and built a three-story grist mill. The mill was built like a fort with gun ports on the third floor and walls three feet thick at the base to withstand Indian attacks.
The community that grew up around the mill was known as the Barnard’s Mill settlement and was a part of Johnson County. In 1866 Hood County was formed from the western half of Johnson County, and Barnard’s Mill became a part of Hood County.
Charles ran the mill until 1871, when he sold the mill to T.C. Jordan from Dallas for $65,000 and moved back to Barnardville. Because the Barnards were no longer connected with the mill, the name of the settlement was later changed to Glen Rose.
(UPDATE: A correction to the Cleburne Times article-the name of the community was Barnard's Mill until changed to Glen Rose. Read the whole article for lots of details. And of course there is the story of Juana. (The Mill & Museum sell a book about her).
So, you had the mill, a three story buliding which was originally 4 stories, where the walls were, on the bottom 36 inches thick,
and is still is very good condition not only due to the way it was bult but the efforts of the Somervell History Foundation. This Foundation, which also raised money for the wonderful Barnards on the Brazos statue by Robert Summers which sits on the Somervell County Courthouse grounds, has worked, on a volunteer basis, to keep up the mill, fix up, paint, fill chinks, and do tours.
The next part of the building, which sits out at a right angle to the mill, was a cotton gin.
One room has a lot of art by Robert Summers, including not only painting but a small bronze of the statue of John Wayne that is out in California. This pic is of Bull Adams and Bob Summers
I vaguely knew that this was also the old Marks Hospital as well as Hanna House hospital.
What I did NOT know was that it has such a premier collection of art, including original western art. I started to take a lot of pictures but really, a photo does not do the art justice. You simply have to go see it.
What the Somervell History Foundation is asking the 4b Commitee for is to help fix up the attached building that was living quarters at one point during the hospital days. (Not open to the public at this point.) The foundation needs shored up and is causing the walls to bow in and crack.
There are several rooms, including a kitchen area that can be expanded -the intent is to have arts-related lessons.
It really is wonderful. I have to think Pat here again for the tour, she was an excellent guide with all manner of interesting facts and trivia, and I look forward to attending the events that they plan on a monthly basis. And good luck with the 4b committee!
P.S. I see in this week's Glen Rose Reporter newspaper that there is to be an art show entitled "Art on the Paluxy" on March 27, 2010 from 7:00 -9:00 pm at the Historic Barnard's Mill & Art Museum. Admission is $10 for non-members, free to members. Here's a link to their schedule and of course their website has contact information if you (No, not IF, you DO) want to find out more.