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Saturday, March 30, 11am–3pm
Party like its 1979 during Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum’s 40th anniversary celebration, an all-ages party with live music, a macramé workshop, a kids activity/coloring station, an interactive grocery store and tours throughout the day.
The Denton County Office of History and Culture is also unveiling of a new exhibit, 40 for 40 – Forty Artifacts for Forty Years, on view March 30, 2019 through February 3, 2020. The exhibit will highlight a selection of 40 items from the museum’s collection.
In 1979, the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum opened on the second floor in the former 16th District Courtroom. Over the years, the museum has acquired an impressive collection of Denton County history, from apple corers to zithers, the museum’s artifacts offer vignettesinto the stories of our community.
Built in 1896, the Denton County Courthouse is one of the county’s most celebrated and iconic artifacts and the centerpiece of the downtown square. The building was restored in 2004 using the original blueprints of architect W.C. Dodson. It is constructed of limestone from Denton, pink granite from the Austin area, red sandstone from the Pecos region, and tan sandstone from Mineral Wells.
Today the courthouse serves as a reminder of Denton County’s history. It is home to the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum as well as John B. Denton’s grave. Lectures, exhibits, and community organized events are scheduled throughout the year keeping this local gem an active site for experiencing the past. Admission is free. The courthouse is wheelchair accessible and guided tours are available upon request.
Free event admission.