EVERYTHING INCLUDING THE KITCHEN SINK!
Grace Armantrout, a resident of Live Oak County for 70 years, lived the life of a true collector, gathering heirlooms, antiques, and objects of personal interest together with historical artifacts that recall life in George West and Live Oak County. Born in 1902, Armantrout spent all of her adult life in and around George West and when she died, in 1990, she left her entire collection and estate in trust to the community. The Grace Armantrout Museum and its grounds exhibit the collection, including vintage furniture, antique firearms, a washstand that belonged to the town's namesake George Washington West, china and glassware, seashells from around the world, a collection of antique smoking pipes and eyeglasses, books, photographs, and paintings. Armantrout made a point of collecting Live Oak County artifacts whenever the opportunity arose, helping to preserve the heritage of this South Texas community. The museum opened in 1995 and features one of the last items Armantrout collectedâa train caboose!