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Cool old town with friendly caretakers.

They have a tool shed filled with old tools and machines. A house with all of the old furniture and... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2018
San Antonio, Texas
via mobile
Knowledgeable docent really made the "town" come to life

There are 5 historical marker on the grounds and across the street that tell you everything about... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2017
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

They have a tool shed filled with old tools and machines. A house with all of the old furniture and appliances. The old post office with many old artifacts. The Old Courthouse with many old artifacts about the town and area. And then there's a...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank jackkarouck
Reviewed 5 November 2017

There are 5 historical marker on the grounds and across the street that tell you everything about the ghost town of Helena, but the knowledgeable docent really made the place come to life. She opened up the Old Karnes County Courthouse/Museum, gave us brochures, and...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank capitollover
Reviewed 2 October 2016

The old Helena Courthouse is a really cool and if you are real quiet you can hear the ghosts. The old Ruckman House is a true example of the era and the way the it was during the gun slinging days.

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Glynis S
Reviewed 27 July 2016

The past three years we have attended the Helena Indian Summer Festival put on by the Karnes County Historical Society. Society members dress in period dress. Confederate soldiers set up camp in full regalia. The Ruckman House, the Old Courthouse, post office and jail are...More

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Brenda H
Reviewed 22 July 2016

The old courthouse has been converted to a museum. Outside the building is an old jail cell. The historic Rutledge House is a block away. The old Indianola-San Antonio Trail ran through here and legend that after a rancher's son was killed in Helena he...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank GunnyFred
Reviewed 23 April 2015

I really enjoyed my day trip to Helena. I was lucky enough to meet the caretakers. They walked me around the attractions and told me the history of the town. It was really interesting. They enjoy what they do, so it made it more fun...More

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank Tina F
Reviewed 8 April 2015

I was in the Navy at Corpus Chrsti, at the library found a book called off the beaten Path I read about the old cartwheel road, went to the gas station. Directed to Mrs. Ruckmans house showed her the book, she read the real story,made...More

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank toscano728
Reviewed 15 February 2015 via mobile

Great docent at the museum who knew all the history of the area. The museum is in the old courthouse and there are a few other places on the grounds to visit. The jailcells sit outside and you can go in them. The original post...More

Date of experience: February 2015
Thank pnkgirl27
Reviewed 30 June 2014

This is actually a couple of structures all together in a fenced in area. Don't believe the hype about one man killed everyone in town! The guide here is truthful about the railroad being the only reason this town was shut down. People DO live...More

Date of experience: June 2014
Thank bayougirl68
Reviewed 29 May 2013

I visited Helena in April 2013 and was awe inspired by the quaint buildings, the museum and the house with the ghosts. Yes, real ghosts. But you have to know how to talk to them. I found out (through the ghost meter) an instrument that...More

Date of experience: April 2013
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