The purpose of the Cherokee County Historical Museum is to collect, protect, preserve and make available for research, materials related to the rich history of the county.
Even the building they occupy is historical.
"This was originally the Jordan big store. Jeff D. Jordan was the original owner and they built the building in 1921," said executive director Kathy Marko.
And there are remnants of the original.
"For instance, this gas pump is the gas pump that was at the front of the store," Marko said.
With so many displays, you can get lost in time.
"But we do have one of the largest displays of the "Trail of Tears" in northeast, in north Alabama," Marko said.
"Well, the Trail of Tears was very important in this county because there were at least a dozen or maybe more campgrounds that were set up as they took this trail. And we know that because there has been a group through the historical society as well as statewide. We've had groups, other groups to come in," she said.
They also pay homage to the different industries in the area.
"Agriculture is still being a very high industry and money, revenue producer here in the county," Marko said.
Cotton was historically king in the agriculture realm here.
"There's lots of local history like a hundred years of schools. In Cherokee County, we have displays of the old post office and most everything comes with a running history," Marko said.
There have been a lot of donations piled high are revealing treasures previously untapped.
“And in doing that, we've established another six exhibits," Marko said.
There is something here for everyone. Even seasoned reporters find symbolism in an old teletype from United Press International.
When you think of something so important like the art of communication, going from a telephone switchboard to a phone you can carry in your pocket, you know you're talking about our rich history. And it's the rich history of this area that makes this place a must see.
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