Blount County has a rich heritage. Historically, the area was hunting territory for the Creek and Cherokee Nations. Following the Creek Indian War, settlers from 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.
Our New Look...
We're quite pleased over the new look of our website. We've added features, material, new images and details about both the Museum and the Blount County Historical Society. We will be adding to the site periodically as we obtain more material. We have added an online shop, featuring historical publications and other items of memorabilia.
About the Museum...
The Museum is located in Oneonta, the county seat. Created in 1970, it actively supports the county in recording, archiving and displaying the artifacts of its history and heritage. The museum's archives include more than 500 research volumes and over 1,000 files on Blount County families. The museum has nine displays that are provided by local Blount County residents. All displays are changed quarterly.
The Museum building itself is constructed from old brick from Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham, and is dedicated to the memory of Blount Countians who served in our country's wars. The museum is a resource center for local and visiting genealogists. There are sections for Alabama history, family histories, cemetery censuses and obituaries, early maps and manuscripts, as well as school and church records. There are also a variety of publications on Blount County history and other items that are for sale to the public.
There are now two genealogists/family historians available at the museum. While they don't claim to know everything about everybody, they can provide assistance and suggestions to our patrons who wish to learn more about their heritage and families.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Thursday from 8:00 A. M. until 5:00 P. M. We're located on the south side of the same block as the Courthouse in Oneonta (204 2nd Street North).
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