Surprising Military Museum Visit

Many years ago I visited an amazing military museum in …

I will tell you where it is and describe the circumstances at the end of this post.

Please also see Fascinating Small Town Museums in Southeastern US.

First, some pictures.

Richard Harrison Military Vehicle Collection at Grant County Museum
Richard Harrison Military Vehicle Collection at Grant County Museum

There were dozens of these type of vehicles.

Richard Harrison Military Vehicle Collection at Grant County Museum
Richard Harrison Military Vehicle Collection at Grant County Museum

All of the military vehicles are in extremely good condition.

Richard Harrison Military Vehicle Collection at Grant County Museum
Richard Harrison Military Vehicle Collection at Grant County Museum

It reminded me of watching MASH reruns on television.

Richard Harrison Military Vehicle Collection at Grant County Museum
Richard Harrison Military Vehicle Collection at Grant County Museum

I was really impressed with the quantity, variety, and condition of these military vehicles.

military museum
military museum

Although the military vehicle collection is very impressive, it was not even my intended destination. I did not know the military vehicles were there. I was researching family history at a library. After poring through old documents, my mind was fried. As I was leaving, the worker said I really should “not miss the other room out back.”

The “room out back” was a massive museum of local history, with artifacts, pictures, and items. I was intrigued by this display about a distant “relative?”:

John Thurman McCool

After rushing through the history museum aisles (I really wish I spent more time here), I reached the back of the room and saw a sign saying to visit another building. That other building is a huge structure with the military vehicles.

The Richard Harrison Military Vehicle Collection is one of the largest private collections of antique military vehicles in the country. It was amazing to find it at a history museum at a small county in the middle of Arkansas.

The Grant County Museum in Sheridan, Arkansas is located about 35 miles south of Little Rock. In addition to the library, history museum, and military vehicle collection, the museum has an incredible number of historic buildings on the grounds. Heritage Square has 10 original historic structures, the oldest being the McCool House built in the 1870s.

George Nathan McCool House
George Nathan McCool House

All of this for a $3 admission fee. This is one of the best museums I have been to—both for its general history and for the McCool family history.

What are some unexpected memorable museums you have been to?

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