While I live in the suburbs of Ft. Worth, Tx I volunteer at the Southern Forest Heritage Museum Where I have worked on the Planer Mill and help as the Blacksmith helper for Machine Shop Days. Also have been needle chipping and painting on one of the Mc Giffert Loaders( they have two)
US Route 59 in East Texas will take you via most of the good sites in East Texas that are still there
The next Machine Shop Days at the Southern Forest Heritage Museum is April 22 In Long Leaf, Louisiana
I should be there working all week.