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Texas Cotton Gin Museum

Texas Cotton Gin Museum


About Us

We believe that the museum complex is unequaled in the nation as the best remaining example of an early, automated systems gin still in its original historic setting. The gin and and artifacts in the collection are largely in their last-used condition and comprise one of only a few such intact rural industrial sites in the country. The archival records of the gin offer an unparalleled case study of the construction, modification and continual operation of a cotton gin over a sixty-year period. The significance of the site has been recognized by numerous governmental and professional organizations.

Over 4,000 gins operated in Texas in 1925 when the Bessemer engine was installed in the Burton Farmers' Gin. Now the Burton gin stands as the lone remaining, fully operational example of the once ubiquitous cotton gin. Gins served as the hub of community life in thousands of cotton towns across the nation's then leading cotton-producing state. We believe preserving the gin and surrounding historic town setting provides an authentic experience for present and future generations to learn about the great changes that took place as cotton farming was mechanized.

The museum collections can provide an active and vital setting in which to explore the vernacular mechanical achievements of typical local users and adapters of mass-produced machines, engines, tools, and vehicles during the first two thirds of the twentieth century.

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Another view of the Burton Farmers Gin with blooming mountain laurel
Burton Farmers Gin in 1914 postcard
1925 Lady B Engine inside Burton Farmers Gin
Gin Stands inside Burton Farmers Gin
Double press box inside Burton Farmers Gin
View of Burton Farmers Gin from  Main Street by Gabri Means
the Burton Farmers Gin is a great place for your special photos
Burton Cotton Gin Festival view of Main Street and vendors
Burton Cotton Gin Festival and waiting for the ginned bales to come out
Sunset over the Burton Farmers Gin
Burton Cotton Gin Shrimp Boil another great event at the pavilions
TUBB playing street dance after 2021 Burton Cotton Gin Festival
Lone Star Cowgirls at Burton Cotton Gin Festival parade
We love visits from our kiddos!
Bike parade during Burton Cotton Gin Festival
Wehring Shoe Shop & Residence now houses great space for small events, meetings, parties
As of 2022 the museum pavilion expanded and renamed "Oliver Whitener-Roy Winkler Pavilions."
The tractor pull is always a big favorite at the Burton Cotton Gin Festival
The museum cannot do anything without wonderful volunteers!!!! Some of them pictured here after 2023 festival.

Rep/Contact Info

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Steph Jarvis
Museum Director

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