Heritage Museum of Montgomery County
The Heritage Museum of Montgomery County is housed in the Grogan-Cochran home. These two families owned and operated 25 sawmills over the years. One of the first to open in Montgomery County was in 1917 where The Woodlands is located today. J. G. Grogan built this home in downtown Conroe. He and his family moved into it in 1924. A year later, Mrs. Grogan died and he sold it to his sister and her husband, Laura and Terrell Cochran. Four generations of Cochrans occupied the home until the last descendant and owner, Carolyn Meadows Walker, along with her husband, Andy and their son, Andrew, donated it to be used for a museum. The home was moved to Candy Cane Park in Conroe in 1985 to create the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County.
Tours of the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County are Wednesday – Saturdays from 9am – 4pm. Entry Donation: Adults - $2.00 each; Children - $1.00 each.
Strake-Gray Oilfield House and Roughneck Bunkhouse
The Heritage Museum of Montgomery County relocated the Strake-Gray Oilfield House from Duffy Lane, Conroe, Texas on August 23, 2015 and placed the house next to the Museum Complex at 1506 I-45 North (Inside Candy Cane Park), Conroe, Texas 77301. The move took place after the buildings were donated by Sarah Bess Gray Crow, Mary Emily Garcia and Arrel Thomas Gray on December 3, 2014.
In the 1930’s, George W. Strake, Sr. ordered the redi-cut, pre-fab house with screened porch and garage for his driller and the first Strake Oilfield Superintendent, Harvey Lee. Harvey Lee was the driller who brought in the “big one’ and lived in the company house. The house fabrication was called portable construction and was built in 1938 for $3,200.00. The house sat in the Conroe Oilfield across the street from the Strake Production Company.
Clyde Thomas “Dolly” Gray became the Strake Superintendent in 1946. He and his family lived in the company house after Harvey Lee. Dolly Gray was instrumental in perpetuating the Strake Company Baseball Team which later became the Conroe Wildcats. The Superintendent’s home is considered the main oilfield building (30x50) and is similar to a redi-cut 1938 Sears Pre-Fab building. The other building is the Strake-Gray Roughneck Bunkhouse which was used by employees working for Strake Company. This building represents the era of the oil industry in Montgomery County, Texas during the early 1930’s.
Tours of the Strake-Gray Oilfield House are available on Saturday, 9am – 4pm. Entry through the Heritage Museum. Entry Donation: Adults - $2.00 each; Children - $1.00 each.
Strake-Gray Roughneck Bunkhouse
The Strake-Gray Roughneck Bunkhouse was relocated from Duffy Lane, Conroe, Tx on August 23, 2015 and placed near the Strake-Gray Oilfield House and Heritage Museum of Montgomery County located at 1506 I-45 North (inside Candy Cane Park), Conroe, Tx 77301. Clyde Thomas “Dolly” Gray’s family, Sarah Bess Gray Crow, Mary Emily Gray Garcia, and Arrel Thomas Gray donated the Roughneck Bunkhouse, as well as, the Oilfield House (re-named Strake-Gray Oilfield House and Strake-Gray Roughneck Bunkhouse) to the Heritage Museum Complex.
The Roughneck Bunkhouse was used by employees working for Strake Oil Company. At the end of the Roughneck’s shift, he would sleep in the bunkhouse and when they returned to the oilfield, the next group of roughnecks would sleep in the bunkhouse. The “little house or roughneck bunkhouse” was located in the family’s backyard. Later, the Gray family stored the Strake Wildcat and the Conroe Wildcat baseball equipment in the Roughneck House. This building represents the era of the Oil industry in Montgomery County during the early 1930’s.
Tours will be available once renovations are completed in the future.