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...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, we would welcome you with open arms.

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.

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. .


Museum Musings

Kudos to our Curator, Amy Rhudy! She recently completed a DAV course at Auburn University and is now designated as a Designated Service Officer (DSO) who can assist Veterans (and their families) in submitting claims to the Veterans Administration. Our thanks go to the local DAV Commander, who helped make this possible.


There's a new display being featured at the Mmuseum. 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 show 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 occasionally is not immediately obvious).

Other displays have been changed and/or updated, too. Drop in and see them. We' bend your ear about the Centennial events and activities, too.




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.


Not in the Christmas Spirit Yet?

Click here to view the Nativity as reported by St. Luke.

{It's a bit long, so it will take a minute or so to download.}



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.



Announcements

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 January 11, 2018.
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