Burton, Texas: Lady B Cotton Gin and Museum

Three-story-tall, 100-year-old machine named "Lady B" is still used to clean and bale cotton. Fired up every April during the town's annual cotton gin festival. Dress appropriately for a tour; temps at the gin reach over 100 degrees in the summer!

Address:
307 N. Main, Burton, TX
Directions:
US 290 to town, exit onto Mulberry St., then turn right onto Main St. The Museum is on the right, the Gin is on the left.
Hours:
Call for tour schedule. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
979-289-3378
Admission:
Adults $5.00
RA Rates:
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Grover Williams at the Cotton Gin Museum.

Burton Cotton Gin and Museum

This huge machine, housed in a corrugated tin building, was built in 1914 and stands as part of central Texas' cotton farming history. That history involves not only pre-Civil War plantations but also, after the mid-1800s, thousands of working class German and Czech immigrant farmers and African-American cotton pickers. This cotton gin operated commercially until 1974 and it still runs, though now only during special events like the Burton Cotton Gin Festival in mid-April. However, the museum guides visitors throughout the structure during scheduled daily tour times. If you're lucky, one of your tour guides will be Grover Williams, the only surviving operator of the Burton Cotton Gin during its heyday.

[Lalena Fisher, 04/27/2007]

"Gin temperatures reach over 110 degrees during the summer months... gin tours are offered only at 10 AM during June - August." It must have been a difficult place to work....


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