...and the New Year entered with an icy blast! We at the Museum are anticipating a full year of activities (and maybe a few surprises) as we celebrate the bicentennial birthdays of both Blount County and Alabama. There will be community activities and celebrations, traveling displays, and speakers covering our history and heritage. Of course, if anyone wishes to help out, you'll be welcomed with open arms.
The Museum is taking advance orders for the Blount County Heritage Book, Volume 6. This edition is now in preparation and will be available later this year. Check this site periodically, as the price and date of availability will be announced here when it is known.
We are justly proud of our heritage and the part our ancestors had in the forming of the State of Alabama. Historically, the area was hunting territory for the Creek and Cherokee Nations. Following the Creek Indian War, some of Andrew Jackson's army returned to settle here. They were joined by South Carolinians shortly afterwards. Today, it is known as the covered bridge capital; at one time there were numerous such bridges in the county. Sadly, time and mischief have reduced the number to three bridges today.
While you're here, please review the events page to see what's going on in Blount County. Also, if you have a family or community event you wanted listed on ourevents page, just call the museum or email the Museum with your notice (no ads, please).
Also, stop by and visit with us for a while; we're conveniently located just south of the Courthouse in Oneonta. The Museum hours are 8:00am until 5:00pm, Tuesday through Thursday. Also, visit our Facebook Page. We aren't a large museum, but there's a lot to see. We have quite a collection of Blount County family records and genealogies and knowledgeable family researchers available. .
There's a new display being featured at the Museum. Dale Lewis, a self-styled furniture maker "with an artist s eye" creates artwork that combines a quaint sense of playfullness with a well-developed appreciation for sensual form, has provided a number of his works for display. His works reflect the impact of his years of developing children's programs for Alabama Public Television. His pieces are assigned a name that is both descriptive and wryly amusing. Another characteristic of Lewis' art is its functionality (which may sometimes be immediately obvious).
Kudos to our Curator, Amy Rhudy! She recently completed a course at Auburn University. She is now designated as a Designated Service Officer (DSO) who can assist Veterans (and their families) in submitting claims to the Veterans Administration.
Planning a Tour?
The Museum provides guides for touring groups visiting Blount County. Please complete the tour notice form to request a knowledgeable guide.
Whether it's a visit to the covered bridges, Palisades Park, County Caves, or a working farm, we're always pleased to tell about our County.
Blount County Roots?
If your family has roots in Blount County, we invite you to join the Blount County Historical Society (BCHS). Dues are only $10.00/year. The BCHS meets quarterly and provides supporting services to Operation Grateful Heart and the Blount County Memorial Museum. Just download an application form complete it and mail it with payment.
Have a Wedding, Family Reunion or other Event?
Contact the Blountsville Historical Park @ 205-429-2468 to
reserve the Large Pavilion.The Park is open Thurday – Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm .
Tips for Family Researchers
Besides information about our County's history, there are tips for family historians, which reflect the findings of veteran family researchers.
If you have an announcement about a family reunion or suggested site links, please send to the
Curator. We would be pleased to add them. No ads, please.
Page last updated August 2, 2017.
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