Historic home opens as Chandler museum

Published on Friday, 28 February 2014 09:15 - Written by

(MCT) -- The former home of U.S. Senator Ralph Yarborough is ready to open as Chandler Museum & Visitor Center opening on Saturday with an open house 1-5 p.m.

"The main thing that this museum means to the City of Chandler is that we are preserving Chandler's history for generations to see," Chander Historical Society President Jim Powell said. "To me, it should give the Chandler citizens pride that we have a museum of this caliber in Chandler."

The home was originally located in Chandler on the Old Tyler Road, one block south of Highway 31. Charles Richard Yarborough purchased the house in 1903. He and his wife, Nannie Jane Spear, had five of their 11 children in the house including Ralph W. Yarborough who served as a United States senator from 1957-1970.

It was relocated to Arlie McCain Park in 2012.

CHS has partnered with the Chandler Economic Development Corporation and the city for the museum and visitor center.

"Five years from now, it is going to completely have a different look," Powell said. "The plans are to continue to update the museum by adding items of interest. We have items donated by individual families now, we hope by opening our doors it will inspire others to donate to the museum. The people who have created the rooms used items they had available. Our desire is to add additional items to create a greater variety."

Beginning March 11 the hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays.