Recently I was able to head out on a short road trip. Along the way I watched a Chattanooga Lookouts game, and then was able to head over into Georgia and visit the Ty Cobb Museum.
Located about an hour and a half northeast of Atlanta, the museum is in the small town of Royston, Georgia.
The museum is located in the Joe. A. Adams Professional Building of the Ty Cobb Healthcare System. It is a small museum, but one well worth the trip. It is open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Admission is just $5 and well worth it.
While the museum might be a bit small, there is a lot of interesting stuff included. There are awards, photos, personal belongings, and some great artwork on display at the museum.
A must if you visit is to watch the short video they made about his life. It is an interesting look into the man that was Ty Cobb on and off the field. Unless you have studied his life and read many of the books about him, you might not know some of the things he did, especially off the field.
Cobb was known for his fierce play on the diamond, but it seems he was very generous off the field. I have read stories of how he helped former players who were down on their luck. But I didn’t know he donated $100,000 to help start Royston’s first hospital. Or the scholarship fund he started in 1953 to help students pay for college. His philanthropy off the field only helped improve my view of the man himself.
Outside the museum is a small gift shop where you can buy items like caps, pens, books, and much more.
But the museum is not the only thing to see in Royston.
As I was leaving, the lady whom I had paid for entrance to the museum asked me if I wanted to see the Cobb Mausoleum. I said sure and she handed me a small piece of paper with easy directions. She was also able to tell me exactly where the Welcome to Royston signs are with Ty Cobb on them which I was very thankful for.
The Mausoleum is nice and and an easy drive from the museum. So were the welcome signs, of which there are two. One is on Highway 17 as you come into down, and the other is on Highway 29. Both are on the left side of the road as you enter town.
I had found the museum and other sites (like the welcome signs) through Roadside Baseball: The Locations of America’s Baseball Landmarks by Chris Epting. This is a great book for anyone who is a big baseball fan. It has tons of information on places all over the USA to see for baseball fans including old historic parks, museums, and much more.
As I was touring the small downtown area of Royston, I came across a mural painted on one of the buildings. I thought it was a nice touch to the downtown area.
Then while I was looking for a place to park so I could take a photo of the mural, I found a few more things. One was a bench outside the local drugstore that simply said, “Home of Ty Cobb”.
The other thing was the drugstore itself. It was around lunch time and I saw a sign that said, “best burgers in town”. I had to check it out.
The Royston Drug Store is home to The Grill, and if you are in town you need to check it out. It was a great little grill in the back corner of the drug store where they made great burgers and even better milkshakes. So stop by and enjoy lunch or a snack and thank me later.
Overall Royston was a great stop for me. I’m glad I made the trip but there was one thing I missed. In front of City Hall is a statue of Cobb. Unfortunately City Hall was under construction at the time I was in town and the statue had been removed. I would assume they will place it back in front of City Hall when the construction is finished, but for the time being it is not there.
You can learn more information about the museum at TyCobbMuseum.org
Here are a few photos that I shot at the museum and around town. For more photos, visit my Flickr page.