All of us here at the Museum wishes everyone a safe and happy Christmas Holiday season. Our "White" Christmas came early this year; it was lovely while it lasted, too. However, the accompanying cold weather found many of us wishing for the warmer days of summer. There's still a few Christmas ornaments remaining, as well as various other gift items — tote bags and cushions (with a covered bridge motif — and some really nice coffee mugs. Stop by and see some of the books; they are always a welcome gift for those of us who don't enjoy squinting at digital read–outs.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of Blounty County! 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. There is an annual covered bridge festival, which has become a major showcase for the county.

Besides this event, there's quite a number of activities being planned and developed. These will occur throughtout the year, so check the events page at this site regularly. Help the Museum and the Blount County Historical Association publicize these activities by telling relatives and friends. The first of these begins in January with the emplacement of a time capsule containing memorabilia of the County and its citizens. There will also be Historical Society meeting and County Birthday Party, so mark your calendars!

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. .

Blount County Historical Society Fundraising...

The theme for this year's fund-raising event is the Nectar Covered Bridge, as exemplified by a limited edition Christmas ornament. The rendition is by local Blount County artist Laura Roberson of Cleveland, AL, and there are also companion covered bridge ornaments, coffee mugs and refrigerator magnets. Drop in to see these and other items at the Blount County Memorial Museum, Tuesday through Thursday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. The prices are $15.00 for Christmas ornaments, $10.00 for coffee mugs, and $5.00 for the magnets. Stop in and look around. We''d like to chat with you.

Museum Musings

The Blount County Museum has placed over three dozen beautifully painted rocks around Blount County. Find one and bring it to the Museum (Tuesday through Thurdays, 8:00am – 5:00pm). We'll provide a special gift in exchange. If you wish to know more about our cemeteries, contact the Curator at 205–625–6905.

Our displays have been changed, and finally we have mannikins on which to display our set of Armed Services uniforms (below left). There's a new display featuring a country store candy counter (below right).

There is also a display of display of an old-time country store (below left) and new window display (below right). Since nostalgia is a popular item these days, what is old is very much "in".While the Museum is small by big city standards, it was visited not only by local and state residents, but during the past year we've had visitors from Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Canada, England and Israel.

When in the neighborhood, why not take time to drop in and browse a while? We'd love to have you. We're conveniently located just south of the Courthouse in Oneonta. The Museum hours are 8:00am until 5:00pm, Tuesday through Thursday.

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.

Need Help with Your DAR Records?

, a vounteer genealogist, can help. She is NSDAR/GEP certified, as well as the Registrar for the Heroes of King's Mountain Chapter of the DAR. If you're just beginning research for membership, contact Jacqueline at 256-878-4152 or check here for a form which will allow Jacqueline to determine how best to provide assistance.

Visit the DAR's Genealogy Page for additional information.

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 December 9, 2017.
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