The W.B. McKnight building at the northeast corner of Broad and Main streets was built in 1895 to serve as the offices for Dr. W.B. McKnight, one of the city’s first physicians. But for the past 13 years it has been the home of the Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center. The Mansfield Historical Society purchased the building from the city in 1997 with the vision of converting it to a historical museum. Community fund raising and a grant from the Dalton family provided supporters with enough money to renovate the ground floor. The museum opened May 4, 2002. More fund raising was necessary to complete the second floor, which opened April 22, 2006. The Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center is considered one of the most comprehensive collections of North Texas history in the state. It is a favorite among Mansfield school district students who visit to learn local history and genealogists who love to peruse the center’s records with the help of the staff curator. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and admission is free.
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