Buffalo Gap Historic Village is a large museum of fifteen outdoor structures and West Texas artifacts that reach back to the late 19th century and the early 20th century located in the small town of Buffalo Gap south of Abilene, Texas. The museum focuses particularly upon the years 1883, 1905, and 1925. The village is centered on the original Old Taylor County Courthouse and Jail from 1879.
Several entire buildings have been moved to the village from other parts of the state for display, including an early Texaco gasoline station. The Old Taylor County Courthouse and Jail building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Other buildings include pioneer log cabins, a medical display, a barbershop, railroad depot with working telegraph system, blacksmith shop, two-room school, bank, post office, and air-conditioned chapel. Additionally, there is a large collection of firearms, Indian, and farm/ranch-related material, all displayed informally. The gift shop has an assortment of books and Texas gifts. A short video on the history of the region is presented in the visitors center. Picnicking facilities and playground equipment are available.
Buffalo Gap Historic Village is not just a unique collection of historic buildings, populated by curious tourists or visitors attending one of our special events. The Village is also home to all sorts of non-human denizens who, a century ago, were part of the West Texas frontier. The campus population includes several cats, goats, chickens, and all sorts of plants, both under cultivation in our garden and growing wild throughout the grounds.
Painting by George Bickerstaff