Burton Cotton Gin and Museum
Texas Attractions: Burton Cotton Gin and Museum
City: Burton (near Brenham)
Address: 307 North Main, Burton, Texas
About the Burton Cotton Gin and Museum:
In 1914, when cotton was king, the Burton Farmers Gin opened. Decades later, the gin and several surrounding buildings were transformed into a museum, albeit one that still processes cotton.
The star of the show at the Burton Cotton Gin and Museum is the engine that powers the gin, an original 1925 Bessemer twin-type IV oil engine known as the "Lady B." The engine was restored under guidance from the Smithsonian Institute and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
In addition to the Burton Farmers Gin, the museum complex includes a shoe and leather shop, auto garage, cotton warehouse, cotton-related farm machinery and historical archives. The facility also hosts events throughout the year, including an annual Cotton Gin Festival in April.
The visitor center and museum store is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., from January-May and September-December; in June-August, they are open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.
Guided gin tours are available Tuesday-Saturday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., from September through May. In June and August, tours begin at 10 a.m. only because temperatures inside the gin reach more than 110 degrees on summer afternoons.
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