CountyMuseum450Local law enforcement will be honored on Monday, October 7th at the Brown County Museum of History, located in the Old Jail at 212 N. Broadway, as a celebration of the 110th anniversary of the building and the opening of the new law enforcement exhibit.  

Boy Scout Troop 14 will provide a flag color guard ceremony at 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Museum. Sheriff Bobby Grubbs, Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley, Assistant Chief James Fuller, Bangs Chief of Police Troy Gusendorf, and Early Chief of Police David Mercer, representing each of their departments, will be honored. An open house will follow with come-and-go refreshments and a chance to tour the Museum. The public is invited to attend, and the Museum will be open until 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

“This is a thank-you to each man and woman in Brown County law enforcement, retired and current.” said Beverly Norris, Museum Board President. “In celebrating this 110th anniversary of the Old Jail we created a new exhibit, ‘A History of Brown County Peace Officers’ and all our research reminds us of the long-standing dedication of those who have maintained the peace through the years. We want to take this opportunity to thank the men and women who serve, and have served, Brown County”

Brown County was established in 1856 and was truly a frontier area. Settlement was slow at first, due to the lawlessness that was so prevalent at the time. It was not until law and order was maintained by county sheriffs and local police that Brownwood and the county began to grow.

The Old Jail building was the County Jail from 1903 until 1981 and now serves as part of the Brown County Museum of History. It contains original cell blocks, the gallows, firearms exhibits and displays of “A History of Brown County Peace Officers.”

Regular hours for the museum are Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information call Beverly Norris 325-647-7879.