Are you headed toward Texas for some family vacation time? If so, be sure to stop off in Greenville, Texas and visit the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum. You can access this one-of-a-kind museum by taking the Division Street exit. Once you’re finished perusing the museum, take your family across the bridge for a delicious snack at the legendary Mary of Puddin’ Hill. Here’s what you can expect when you visit each place:
Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum. This Greenville, Texas museum has something for everyone. One of the first-ever houses built in Greenville, Texas greets guests during the drive to the actual museum. The average visitor can get in for $5, but students get a hefty discount, which makes this museum visit even more affordable. Visitors get to see boxing and movie memorabilia, old war items, and an old-tymey Cadillac (This is a must-see feature.). The museum has now added a new wing, which provides some scenes (reenactments) of the war. One of the most interesting pieces of the whole museum, though, is the list of everyday items actually made with Cotton Seed Oil. This small museum offers something for everyone, so don’t miss out on this chance to learn while you escape the searing Greenville, Texas heat.
Mary of Puddin’ Hill. This delicious Greenville, Texas candy shop will surely save you from a chocolate attack (and many other food attacks, as well). Mary of Puddin’ Hill is famous for lots more than just chocolate, though. You can get pies, cakes, sandwiches, and many other yummy treats. Many recognize Mary of Puddin’ Hill for the Pecan Fruit Cake that they make, so be sure to get a sample. Even if you’re not a fruitcake fan, this one will set well with your taste buds. This Greenville, Texas candy shop aims to please, even with the eye. You can actually watch them make the candy, and you can even take time out to see the life-size doll house and the life-size carousel, both made of chocolate. Don’t miss out on this viewing experience. Unless you’re a huge chocolate lover, take advantage of the samples and then spend your money on one of the two following items: a piece of the Praline pie (almost all nuts), or a piece of the homemade (five or six layer) Strawberry Cake.
I vote the homemade Strawberry Cake as the best item in the house, but they don’t always have this item available. Try to call ahead and get Mary of Puddin’ Hill to make one. This fantastic cake tastes just like the one your mother used to make (or at least mine).