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Texas Country Music Hall-Fame, Carthage

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The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, formerly the Tex Ritter Museum, located in Carthage in Panola County in East Texas, honors those who have made outstanding contributions to country music and were born in the state of Texas. This includes singers, songwriters, disc jockeys, and others.A museum, a large multi-purpose room, and a gift shop comprise the major areas of interest within the facility. The multi-purpose room can be configured to serve as a lecture hall or a dining room. It is covered with impressive photographs from local and regional history. The museum contains information panels that cover each inductee's career and accomplishments through text, photographs, and various artifacts.In the center of the exhibit area, a replica of a 1930s theater marquee reminds visitors of the role of country music in film. A juke box nearby allows visitors to select the country songs that they wish to hear played while touring the museum.The marquee serves as the entrance to the Tex Ritter Museum. A native of Panola County, Ritter was one of the first singers inducted into the hall of fame when it was established in 1998. There is also a museum exhibit on Ritter's son, John Ritter.
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  • A great experience with so much Texas Country Music history. The memorabilia displayed from each artist is a step back in time and well worth a visit.  more »
  • I have been to many events at the TCMHOF and Tex Ritter Museum. It is a beautiful venue and is absolutely spotless clean. It is full of Country Music history with countless interesting artifacts. They...  more »
  • Definitely worth the stop. Easy to find and staff was excellent . Well displayed and juke box has some oldies but goodies(free).  more »
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  • I really did not know what to expect but decided to visit and find out, since I was passing through. I planned to spend no more than an hour, but I found it hard to leave about 2 hours later. You have to enter through the gift shop, sign in and wait for Rhonda to begin the tour. She is the perfect person to manage this place because she has a very outgoing personality and embodies the hospitality one would expect for a museum like this. She has worked here for a long time and is very knowledgeable. She provided some history behind the organization and showed us around briefly but then allowed us to finish the tour on our own pace. She also allowed us to take pictures. I could have stayed there much longer and will stop by again when I am in the area. If you are a country music fan and interested in the people behind the music, this is a great place to visit.
  • Great memorials to old country stars.
  • Amazing place!