Three Notch Museum

Three Notch Museum The Three Notch Museum is a project of the Covington Historical Society. It is a local history museum dealing in objects relating to Covington County.
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The Three Notch Museum is a project of the Covington Historical Society. It is a local history museum dealing in objects relating to Covington County, Andalusia and the other communities in the County. It is located in the old Central Of Georgia Railway Depot building in downtown Andalusia. This building was completed shortly after 1900 and is the only wooden commercial building still in use in the downtown area. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places about 1985. The building was in a bad state of repair when leased from Power South and the Society spent time and money renovating it. The Andalusia Jr. Women's Club assisted in cleanup of the old building. Solon and Martha Dixon paid for the floors to be refinished. They also purchased and donated the agent's roll top desk and chair. Various civic clubs contributed. There was an antique auction that helped raise money for the big restoration project. Annie Laura Donaldson sewed curtains. Laura Oswald donated mini-blinds for all the windows. Alan Cotton and Roger Powell were also in the restoration team. Andy Floyd prepared and donated the paint for the building exterior. Some of the displays feature items of interest from Andala and Alatex, The Horse Shoe Lumber Company, Items from the various Wars, hundreds of early photographs, a bottle collection and hundreds of other relics of the past. Outside the main Museum we have a large Norfolk Southern Caboose, a small motor car from CSX, another smaller L & N bay window type caboose. The large black box car was donated by CSX and contains a large model railway HO layout. This layout was donated by the Mark Gibson family and it is known as the Mark Gibson Model Railway. Also Linda Castleberry who is a member of the Society gave a Tommy the Tank layout for little children. It is very elaborate and the smaller children have staged birthday parties beside the layout. Both of these exhibits are very popular. Note: The Mark Gibson layout is under renovation at the present time but should be ready for viewing soon. The completely restored River Falls Post Office is worth your visit. The original mail boxes are still in place and the back room is an early school room. Linda Castleberry sewed curtains and valances for the Post Office building. Sue Bass Wilson is responsible for the schoolroom decor accentuated with many historic photographs. Also the Clark Family Log Cabin is on display. It is a perfect example of a pioneer log cabin and we are very appreciative of the Clark family's gift to the Museum. There is a typical log crib from the Ard Family near the log cabin that is representative of the many cribs that existed on farms in the past. Another interesting building is the Henry B. Little Country Store. It is a good example of the many small mom and pop type stores in many communities across our county.

Attention Genealogists!
04/18/2019

Attention Genealogists!

Today is Family History Day! It celebrates the busiest day at Ellis Island—April 17, 1907—when the immigration station processed 11,747 people, more than twice the usual number. In fact, 1907 was a record year for immigration to America, with 80% of those new arrivals coming through Ellis Island. Frank P. Sargent, Commissioner General of Immigration and Naturalization, said: “An army of 1, 285,349 souls, they have come, drawn hither by the free institutions and the marvelous prosperity of our country – the chance here afforded every honest toiler to gain a livelihood by the sweat of his brow or the exercise of his intelligence – surpassing in numbers the record of all preceding years.” The 1907 immigration record wasn't broken until 1990. #NPS100 #FamilyHistory

The 50 most famous people born in Alabama
04/07/2019
The 50 most famous people born in Alabama

The 50 most famous people born in Alabama

Whether they stuck around to enjoy the state or not, here's 50 of our nation's household names, who took their first breath in Alabama. Some of them may surprise you!

03/26/2019

John Vick will present the program at the Covington Historical Society this coming Thursday evening, 6:30 p.m. in the Charles Dixon Memorial Room of the Andalusia Public Library. He will speak on K. Sawada, Alabama's Nurseryman, father of the late Ben Sawada, a former pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Andalusia. Mr. Sawada was a Camellia enthusiast and master gardener in the Mobile area.This is a timely presentation with this year 2019 being the 60th anniversary of Alabama adopting the Camellia as the state flower in 1959. Come and enjoy. Bring a friend. The public is invited. Remember, 6:30 is the time.

The late Pat Brown once told Jan White about serving as a soldier during World War I and that he was stationed in Paris ...
03/15/2019

The late Pat Brown once told Jan White about serving as a soldier during World War I and that he was stationed in Paris when the American Legion was established. He said he attended this meeting described below. The rest of his life, Mr. Pat had a chronic cough due to his exposure to mustard gas. He was originally from Iowa. His wife, Miz Lou, wrote a regular column in the Andalusia Star-news. The Brown Farm is located in the Beda/Wing/Pleasant Home community.

Happy 100th birthday to the American Legion! On this day in 1919, veterans of the American Expeditionary Force still deployed in France came together in Paris for the first American Legion caucus. They created their organization to "perpetuate the relationships formed while in military service" amongst all classes and creeds of soldiers. Today, the American Legion has a membership of over 2 million spread across more than 13,000 posts. #HappyBirthday #AmericanLegion #Veterans

Kirkpatrick helped others, community - The Andalusia Star-News
03/12/2019
Kirkpatrick helped others, community - The Andalusia Star-News

Kirkpatrick helped others, community - The Andalusia Star-News

Local businessman C.L. Kirkpatrick died this past weekend, just days shy of his 94th birthday. Kirkpatrick was in the insurance business before opening Kirkpatrick Funeral Chapel July 15, 1965. He also was the district manager for Booker T. Washington Insurance. “It was then that I fell in love wi...

Covington Historical Society Vice President and Historian Sue Bass Wilson writes a weekly column titled "Remember When" ...
03/09/2019
Remember When: ‘Fireball’ Trucks, Andalusia Arrows - The Andalusia Star-News

Covington Historical Society Vice President and Historian Sue Bass Wilson writes a weekly column titled "Remember When" in the Saturday edition of the Andalusia Star-News. Click on the link below to read her column for March 9, 2019.
https://www.andalusiastarnews.com/2019/03/09/remember-when-fireball-trucks-andalusia-arrows/

PLAY BALL – “For it’s one, two, three strikes, YOU’RE OUT” at the old ballgame!” Some of you may remember hearing about the old Class D League that played baseball in Andalusia in the late 1930s, 40s, and 50s. “Andalusia was a good sports town,” Historian Sidney Waits recalled. “Th...

02/27/2019

The Covington Historical Society will meet Thursday evening, February 28, 6:30 p. m. at the Charles Dixon Room of the Andalusia Public Library. Holly Krudop will present the power point program regarding the American Camellia Show which was held recently in Mobile celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Camellia being adopted in 1959 as the Alabama State Flower. Florist Alan Cotton who also attended the convention will also have input into some interesting facts. Some of you may remember the Men’s Camellia Club in Andalusia beginning in the late 1940s through the 1950s. Please plan to be present at tomorrow night’s meeting and be ready to enjoy pictures and other information about the history of the Camellias entrance into our towns’ and cities’ gardens throughout the State of Alabama. This is a bicentennial program for our members and friends of the museum to enjoy. Remember, if you have not paid your annual dues of $25. or $40.(family membership), this will be your opportunity to save a stamp. If you prefer, you may mail dues to CHS, P. O. Box 1582, Andalusia, AL. 36420. Thank you all for your support in helping to preserve the history of Andalusia and Covington County near and far.

02/25/2019
State Seal of Alabama

State Seal of Alabama

The Alabama State Seal, called the Great Seal, was first designed in 1817 by the governor of the Alabama Territory and later first governor of the state, Wil...

Fox News
02/23/2019

Fox News

On this day in 1945, U.S. Marines raised the American flag on Iwo Jima.

Andalusia native Charles Brooks became an award-winning editorial cartoonist.  Sue Wilson tell his story in her recent "...
02/21/2019
Remember When: The Charles Brooks Story - The Andalusia Star-News

Andalusia native Charles Brooks became an award-winning editorial cartoonist. Sue Wilson tell his story in her recent "Remember When" column in the Andalusia Star News.

One of my favorite stories to tell to school children at the Three Notch Museum when school groups tour is about a boy who grew up at 207 Rankin Street and who went on to experience great success in life. Charles Brooks was his name. He was graduated from Andalusia High School in 1939. His …

01/21/2019

"We are not makers of history. We are made by history." Martin Luther King, Jr.

01/16/2019
01/16/2019

Coffee is done, cake is ready. Come enjoy some at the Three Notch Museum and see our exhibits. 175 years ago Andalusia was established by a legislative act. Happy birthday to Andalusia.

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
01/15/2019

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

Jimmy Turner and Joey Peevy hang the Alabama Bicentennial Flag in the library building on the Andalusia Campus. Each campus is displaying the flag in recognition of Alabama's 200th birthday.

DId you know....?
01/11/2019

DId you know....?

Since 1853, the state Bible has been used for the inauguration of #Alabama's governors. When it is not being used to administer the oath of office, the Bible is housed here at the Archives. Every inauguration, the historic Bible, accompanied by our curators and a state trooper escort, makes a short journey across the street to the steps of the State Capitol for the ceremony.

On Monday, Governor Kay Ivey will once again take the oath of office on the Bible as she begins a new term as Alabama's 54th governor.

In 1861, when Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as President of the provisional government of the Confederate States of America, he also used Alabama's State Bible. #AlabamaHistory

Local historian Waits dies at 95 - The Andalusia Star-News
12/15/2018
Local historian Waits dies at 95 - The Andalusia Star-News

Local historian Waits dies at 95 - The Andalusia Star-News

Retired businessman and local historian George Sidney Waits, Jr., died Tuesday, days shy of his 95th birthday. Waits graduated from Andalusia High School in 1942, and earned a debate team scholarship to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Like most male members of the freshman class, he joined....

Alabama Department of Archives and History
12/14/2018

Alabama Department of Archives and History

On December 14, 1819, President James Monroe signed a resolution admitting Alabama to the Union as the 22nd state. In July 1819, the constitutional convention met in Huntsville and William Bibb was elected governor. This is the first constitution of Alabama signed at the convention in 1819. It is written on 26 sheets of parchment, each attached to the sheet below it with a blue, grosgrain silk ribbon and red sealing wax. It is approximately 31 feet long. The last two pages have the signatures of 44 delegates. Read the full text of the 1819 Constitution here- https://bit.ly/2QwqtZ9 #alabamaday #AlabamaHistory

11/28/2018

The November meeting of the Covington Historical Society will be held Thursday evening, November 29, at 6:00 p.m. at the Charles Dixon Room of the Andalusia Public Library. This will be the annual covered dish supper. John Vick will present a short program in conjunction with Veterans’ Day. Please arrive early to allow those who need or want to go to the Christmas parade which should arrive at the square around 7:15. The society will provide the meat and drinks. Please bring a covered dish. This is our final meeting of 2018. All members, prospective members, and friends of the museum are invited to attend. Hope to see you there.

Encyclopedia of Alabama
10/23/2018

Encyclopedia of Alabama

Happy birthday to John Heisman, one of the people credited with making college football an American passion. He was born on October 23, 1869, in Cleveland, Ohio. From 1895 until 1899, Heisman coached at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama (now Auburn University). Heisman retired from coaching in 1927 and became the director of athletics at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City. He died in 1936, a year after the first Downtown Athletic Club award for best college football player in the country was presented. The award was renamed in his honor. The Heisman Memorial Trophy is considered the game's most prestigious individual award. To date, Auburn is the only school where Heisman coached to have players presented the award named in his honor. (Photograph courtesy of Auburn University Libraries) http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-1869

Signs of Yesteryear
10/08/2018
Remember When: Signs of yesteryear [with galery] - The Andalusia Star-News

Signs of Yesteryear

A few signs of yesteryear in Andalusia still exist. They used to be found on the streets, the store fronts, and the railroad lines. Some of these vintage signs are housed at the Three Notch Museum on Historic Central and Tisdale Streets. Keep in mind that there is always room for more if you come .....

08/28/2018

Covington Historical Society meeting will be this coming Thursday evening, August 30, at 6:30 p.m. Please note the change of location. It will be held at the Covington County Courthouse upstairs in the courtroom on the left side. Come a little early so you’ll have time to park out in front and enter through the front doors. Judge Ben Bowden will present the program. Please feel free to pass this along and do bring a friend. There is an elevator in the Courthouse lobby for those who cannot climb the steps to go upstairs.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
08/23/2018

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Are you a senior-level graduate student at an Alabama college or university or an Alabamian studying outside the state? The Friends of the Alabama Archives is sponsoring TWO $1,000 Student Research Fellowships in 2019! These fellowships are intended to help offset expenses incurred while conducting research using our collections.

Apply by November 2, 2018. Awards will be announced in January 2019.

More info here - http://bit.ly/FriendsFellowships2019
#AlabamaHistory

07/23/2018

The Covington Historical Society will meet this coming Thursday, July 26, 6:30 p. m. at the Charles Dixon Room of the Andalusia Public Library. Marianne Merrill Weber will present the program. Members, Friends of the Museum, and the public are all invited. Bring a friend or prospective member.

Our Covington Historical Society Vice President Sue Wilson writes "Remember When," published every Saturday in the Andal...
07/23/2018
Remember when: Locals paid tribute to Scherf - The Andalusia Star-News

Our Covington Historical Society Vice President Sue Wilson writes "Remember When," published every Saturday in the Andalusia Star-News. This one was printed in the July 21, 2018 issue.

A previous column was written about Mr. John G. Scherf, Sr., textile giant, who founded and established an industry which branch factories spanned South Alabama and northwest Florida – the Alabama Textile Products Corporation, a business operation that was unequaled in the South. Workers from Anda...

Moonpans.com
07/17/2018

Moonpans.com

On this day 1969 - Launch of Apollo 11 taking Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on the first manned lunar landing mission.

Covington Historical Society members and guests enjoyed touring Robert McClelland's Country Store Museum and hearing him...
07/02/2018
THE WAY THINGS WERE [with gallery] - The Andalusia Star-News

Covington Historical Society members and guests enjoyed touring Robert McClelland's Country Store Museum and hearing him share his memories of growing up during the Great Depression on June 28, 2018. https://www.andalusiastarnews.com/2018/06/30/the-way-things-were-with-gallery/

Display in McLelland’s museum store documents different lifestyle Robert McLelland spent years building a collection of things from days gone by. Then he built a museum store near his house in which to display them. As he talked about his memories and his collection to members of the Covington His...

Remember when: Parade route was residential - The Andalusia Star-News
07/02/2018
Remember when: Parade route was residential - The Andalusia Star-News

Remember when: Parade route was residential - The Andalusia Star-News

East Three Notch Street – I was thinking about this street where the 4th of July patriotic parade will be staged next week. The old postcard that is shown with this column is a scene looking west toward the Court Square from about where the present First Baptist Church is located today. The street...

06/26/2018

Just some summer news from the Three Notch Museum. The museum is open on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 9:00-2:00. Please visit the museum if you have not had the opportunity to do so lately. Also, do spread the word with your children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends to come to Historic Central Street and bring your picnic lunch. Sit on the porch of the Clark Family Log Cabin and enjoy the lazy hazy days of summer while touring the museum, the H. B. Little Country Store, the River Falls Post Office, the Clark Family Log Cabin, the caboose, and the Mark Gibson Model Train Exhibit. Call ahead if you like to 222-0674 and tell Linda that you are coming just in case there is some change. There is something to do in downtown Andalusia on Historic Central Street that you might not have even thought about. The museum has central heat/ac, and you will be enthralled with all of the exhibits and artifacts of Covington County history. See you there!

Address

Historic Central St.
Andalusia, AL
36420

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 14:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(334) 222-0674

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