The glorious history of Southern Gospel Music comes alive in the James D. Vaughan Museum. The museum honors the “Father of Southern Gospel Music”, James D. Vaughan, who sponsored the first professional southern gospel quartets, established the first southern gospel magazine, recorded the first southern gospel quartets, established the first southern gospel music radio station and taught the South how to sing with the renowned Vaughan School of Music. The James D. Vaughan Museum is located on the Public Square in Lawrenceburg and is open Monday-Friday from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.
If you are interested in America's frontier days, the Ralph J. Passarella Museum is for you. The museum offers a hands-on experience by showcasing items such as newspapers, magazines, books, toys, tools, quilts, medical equipment, telephone receivers, telephone operator's switchboards, soda fountain, wood burning kitchen stove, church vestments from the local Catholic community, vintage clothing, and so forth. The Ralph J. Passarella Museum is located on Main Street in Loretto, beside the Loretto Telephone Company and is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The Old Jail Museum was built in 1893 and was used as a prison until 1973. The cells located in the basement for the hardened criminals have the bunks still intact! The Old Jail Museum is located on Waterloo Street in Lawrenceburg and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
THE DAVID CROCKETT PARK/MUSEUM INTERPRETIVE CENTER
The David Crockett Park Museum/Interpretive Center is built to resemble an old grist mill. Artifacts dating back to the days of David Crockett are on display. The museum depicts the life and times of Crockett as a pioneer, soldier, politician, and industrialist. It is located just west of Lawrenceburg. The museum is open to the public during the summer months from Memorial Day through Labor Day.