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.
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. Stop by and visit 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.
The Forty Eighth Alabama
This is a new book added to the Museum's collection of Blount County memorabilia. The history of this unit was undertaken by its author, Joshua Price, history teacher and baseball coach at Susan Moore High School. Joshua is descended from one of this Civil War unit's members. A graduate of Jacksonville State University, Joshua received his baccalaureatte and masters degrees in history. His book was his master's thesis, and his passion for both his heritage and our local history is eloquently reflected in his account of this CSA unit.
School's recessed for the summer, fresh vegetables from local far ms are increasingly available, and all that's missing is an all–day singin' and a watermelon cutting.
There are a new set of displays, including one of the old Brooksville Post Office. There's a set of minature lighthouses collected by the late Barbara Erlene Head, a collection of Naber dolls, and a display of Alabama–made products. Also, there are new additions to the collection of books for sale, as well as tote bags and cushions featuring the county's covered bridges. All in all, we have a freshlook at some interesting items. When in the neighborhood, why not take time to drop in and browse a moment?
A Day at Palisades Park...
...at Palisades Park, where Amy Rhudy recently met with the Girl Scouts to tell them about the history of the county and the Bicentenniel Birthday for Blount COunty and Alabama.
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.
Visit the Museum
We're conveniently located just south of the Courthouse in Oneonta. The Museum hours are 8:00am until 5:00pm, Tuesday through Thursday.