Robert E. Howard Museum
625 SW Fifth St, Cross Plains, TX 76443, USA
Conan the TexanOne could claim that Game of Thrones has its roots in Texas. The "Sword and Sorcery" genre certainly had a founding father in Robert E. Howard, the author of the famed Conan the Barbarian stories. Howard, a prolific writer of genre fiction for the famed Weird Tales and other popular pulp magazines, spent his whole life in Cross Plains, Texas. From 1919 to 1939, he lived with his parents in this small house, which was purchased by a local community organization and transformed into a small but magical museum in 1989. Rooms are decorated as they would have been in the 20s and 30s, and some of the Howard's original furnishings have been brought home. Every June, Cross Plains is overrun by fans who make the pilgrimage for a two-day celebration of Howard's life and work. The festival includes walking tours, special tours of the museum, and panel discussions. Nearby, the Cross Plains Library keeps extended weekend hours so visitors can peek into their treasure trove of Robert E. Howard books, papers and other documents.