Texas Cotton Gin Museum was designated, on June 19, 2009, as the Official Cotton Gin Museum of Texas. The museum invites you to join them as you step back in time. You will take a look at a period when cotton was king. The Texas Cotton Gin Museum was built in 1914 in Burton, Texas. Burton, Texas is a small rural German community with 350 people, living in the town. Burton, Texas is located halfway between Houston and Austin, on Highway 290. There you will find the oldest working cotton gin, in America. Guided by the Smithsonian and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, volunteers restored the 1925 Bessemer twin-type IV oil engine. This engine still powers the gin today. There are other historic buildings at the Texas Cotton Gin Museum complex which includes a shoe shop, warehouse, and auto shop. This Texas Historical Landmark, a Historical Mechanical Engineering Landmark is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This Texas Cotton Gin Museum is visited by thousands of visitors annually.
There are two tours, daily, which offer guests a fun and educational presentation about the cotton industry. Visitors are offered the opportunity to pick cotton, discover its impact on Texas and American history, as well as to learn how the seed is separated from the white fibers. Young and old alike will enjoy the DVD “Cotton From the Wagon to Finished Bale”. Then you will be able to enjoy a tour of the gin. Cotton is still ginned and baled cotton during the annual Texas Cotton Gin Museum Festival.
Coming up is the 25th Annual Burton Cotton Gin Festival, April 25-26, 2014. This is a fundraiser to help offset the expenses of running the Texas Cotton Gin Museum. It is always a lot of fun and people come from all over to help support the cause.
Friday-April 25, 6-9 P.M. All you can eat Shrimp Boil $30.00 per ticket and Live Auction
Saturday-April 26, 10 A.M – 8 P.M For all the Festival Fun
Food Booths, Craft Booths, and so much more!
Bubble gum blowing contest, pie eating contest, Tractor pull, tour the 1914 Burton farmers’ gin, tour Wehring Shoe Shop, Live entertainment, folk life demonstrations, and engine exhibits!
See you there!