The Museum continues to practice "social distancing" as long as it is necessary. We also ask our visitors to wear a good quality mask. We regret having to insist on this, but many of our visitors are high risk for the disease.
Our displays have been updated for the coming quarter. Drop in, the next time you're in Oneonta. We'll be happy to see you and perhaps help with a bit of your family history.
Blount County Memorial Museum and Blount County Historical Society
The Blount County Memorial Museum (BCMM), located in Oneonta, Alabama commemorates and
preserves the history of Blount County and its residents. The museum was founded in 1970 by
the Blount County Historical Society (BCHS) to honor area veterans. It has since become a
repository of Blount County historical records and is open to visiting genealogists and historians
seeking to discover and document county and state history.
Bricks from Howard College in Marion, Perry County (present-day Samford
University in Birmingham, Jefferson County) were used to construct the museum's current
building. In addition to its funding from the BCHS, the museum is also one of only a few
museums in the state that receives county funding.
Eleven exhibits are rotated quarterly and showcase artifacts and
items from Blount County residents. Among these exhibits are sections devoted to Blount
Springs, the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, and a display of military memorabilia. The Blount
County Quilters Guild also displays a new quilt in the museum each month. The museum
contains more than 500 family books, more than 1,000 family files, and more than 500 cemetery
files. Museum staff includes a curator and volunteers, including genealogists. Along with
assisting genealogists and historians, the museum retains an official from the Disabled American
Veterans (DAV) nonprofit group to assist veterans in applying for government benefits earned
through their military service and disability.
The BCMM hosts genealogy seminars, the quarterly meetings of the Blount County
Historical Society, as well as the Blount County chapter of the Daughters of the American
Revolution. It also serves as the meeting place for Operation Grateful Heart, a program to ensure
that all military personnel and their families receive support and care and is the only museum to
host this organization. The museum participates in area events such as the Blount County Art and
Photo Contest, Kids' Day on the River, and the Veterans Day Parade. It sponsors summer
programs for children as well as home school programs during the school year. Museum tours
are led by the Curator Arny Rhudy and include information about Blount County covered
The museum is integral to the production and completion of the Bicentennial Edition of
the Blount County Heritage Book. In addition, museum staff has been collaborating with the
Blount County Office of the Probate Judge to digitize records for genealogists and historians.
The museum receives more than 5,000 visitors annually.
The museum is located at 204 Second Street North in Oneonta. It is open Tuesday through
Thursday 8:00 a.rn. to 5:00 p.rn. Please contact Curator Arny Rhudy, telephone 205–625–6905 or email the Museum for additional information.
Visit Our Facebook Page
We have an active group of FaceBook® followers, and we invite everyone to drop in from time to time. It's a source of additional information about the early Blount County, as well of the County's history and heritage.
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.