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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  • If your a fan of country western music and want to know more about the lives of the singers you know and love this place is a must stop when visiting or passing near Carthage.  more »
  • Was told of the museum by a friend. Turned out to be a hidden gem in East Texas. Lots of history for those wanting to know how Texas fits in the country music world. A must go!  more »
  • We were on a short road trip around north east Texas and found the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame & the Tex Ritter Museum on Google Earth. When ever we plan trips we check out the area from above on...  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.
  • So much more than we expected! They have an extraordinary collection...many country music stars have been inducted.
  • The greatest museum I've personally ever visited. The lady that runs the place is a class act, and brilliantly aware of the history of country music.
  • Informative fantastic good time
  • Great memorials to old country stars.

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