Saints’ Roost Museum welcomes guests each Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
About our SAINTS’ ROOST MUSEUM
The Saints’ Roost Museum’s goal is to preserve the Donley County pioneer life heritage, and The Museum is a present day monument to the Panhandle people then and now.
The Museum is housed mainly in the 1910 Adair Hospital Building with additional artifacts in the Bunk House and Depot.
Come and experience a few hours in the Past where the Pioneer Spirit and Panhandle History is recaptured in exhibits at the Museum, outlining the lives of Cornelia Adair and John Adair, Charles Goodnight, JA Ranch and the cowboys who worked there.
Housed in the 1910 Adair Hospital building, the Saints’ Roost Museum preserves the heritage of Donley County and the Texas Panhandle. Exhibits focus on local culture, including Native American artifacts and pioneer life with a special emphasis on the legendary Col. Charles Goodnight. MUSEUM GIFT SHOP Books, collectibles, and limited edition prints and postcards are available. ANNUAL EVENTS The Members Appreciation Dinner – Second Friday in June Col. Charles Goodnight Chuckwagon Cookoff – Fourth Saturday in September Museum Christmas Party – First Saturday in December
The unusual name of the museum is derived from the City of Clarendon having been established in 1878 as a prohibition community by a Methodist clergyman, L.H. Carhart. Being a “sobriety settlement” in contrast to typical boom towns of that era, Clarendon acquired the nickname from local cowboys who called the town “Saints Roost”.
The Saints’ Roost Museum in Clarendon, Texas (TX), features heirlooms from Panhandle ranches, farms, and businesses as well as a renovated railroad depot and a collection of materials from the Red River War.
Housed in the 1910 Adair Hospital Building, the Saints’ Roost Museum preserves the heritage of Donley County and the Texas Panhandle. Exhibits focus on local culture, including Native American artifacts and pioneer life with a special emphasis on the legendary Col. Charles Goodnight. The museum is also the home of the restored 1887 Ft. Worth & Denver City Railroad Depot.
August 15, 2015:
Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recently launched what is known as THC’s mobile tour, Red River War of 1874-1875. To view the tour, go directly to the web version of the app at texastimetravel.toursphere.com. If you view the app on a standard computer, narrow your browser to resemble phone screen proportions for a better view of the content and options.
Saints’ Roost Museum has been a valuable partner who worked with THC on content and has a commitment to retelling the story. Enjoy your visual tour or come to the Museum to see what we have on display about the Red River Wars.
MEMBERSHIP: Membership includes the Members-only free Barbecue each June, the Members-only dinner with the chuckwagon cooks each September, and a subscription to the annual newsletter. Dues are $30 and can be mailed to the Museum at the address below.
610 E. Harrington St. PO Box 781 • Clarendon, TX 79226 806-874-2746
What does “Saints’ Roost” mean?
When Clarendon was settled by Methodist colonists in 1878, alcohol and rowdiness were forbidden. Area cowboys, more accustomed to the Wild West, referred to the colony as where the saints roosted or more simply as “Saints’ Roost”.