|213 North Shelby • Carthage, Texas 75633|
(903) 693-3388 http://oldjaillibrary.org/
Panola County Historical and
andThe Leila Belle LaGrone
Family History Center
213 North Shelby
Carthage, Texas 75633
The Panola County Historical and Genealogical Association
(PCHGA) was founded by ordinary people in the community
who had an interest in family and local history and who
wanted to preserve our heritage. So, they met and formed
PCHGA to serve those ends.
The charter members were all volunteers, so they asked
Panola County to give them a long-term lease on the old
1891 Panola County jail which was no longer in use. The
jail use was discontinued in 1954 and the old jail had fallen
into a state of disrepair.
These charter members not only raised money from others,
but also donated their own time and money, and ultimately
rebuilt a structure that would house history, family books
and artifacts in a stable, controlled environment.
The upstairs of the Old Jail is now used as a museum.
The old cells and locks are still intact. The bottom floor of
the jail is where the jailer's family lived and where meals
were prepared for the prisoners by the jailer's wife. The
bottom floor now has three book rooms with a good
representation of states, counties and family history
; a computer room with four computers for public use;
and an office with one computer for keeping up with
the daily affairs of PCHGA.
week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday afternoon.
There is no user fee or membership cost. Normal hours
are from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Tuesday and
Wednesday, and from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM on Sunday.
We invite the public to visit us during any of these times.
We have three to four volunteer staff members to assist
you with researching your family tree or maybe the history
of your home county, town or state. You can also use our
computers to research on the internet. We also welcome
any and all tour groups.