Clarke County Historical Museum

Clarke County Historical Museum Housed in an 1854 Plantation Plain-style home, the museum has permanent displays about the rich hist

01/07/2024

The “Alabama” was the first steamboat built in Alabama by the St. Stephens Steamboat Company. The company was established around 1818.
The ALABAMA had a 1,871 bale capacity. It was used in the Tombigbee Trade from Mobile to Columbus and Aberdeen. In the picture below, the steamer is believed to be docked in St. Stephens Alabama.

*Most steamboats featured several decks. The main deck was usually open and unobstructed (except for the cooking facilities and machinery) to accommodate as many cotton bales and stacks of firewood as possible. Cotton bales often were stacked in any available space on the upper decks as well, which inconvenienced passengers and created serious fire hazards. Second-class, or “deck,” passengers were not assigned cabins and slept on the main deck wherever they could find a spot between cotton bales or stacks of firewood.

Above the main deck was a series of enclosed decks. The one immediately above it, the so-called “boiler deck,” contained first-class passenger accommodations, including a long saloon that ran the full length of the deck. On both sides of this deck were small, sparsely furnished sleeping rooms equipped with bunks. Each compartment had two doors, one opening onto the outside gallery that traversed the entire deck and the other into the saloon that ran down the center of the deck. The saloon was the most comfortable area of the steamboat. Lighted by high windows and heated by wood-burning stoves, saloons usually contained tables, rocking chairs, and sofas where passengers could relax, play cards, and read. They also functioned as the steamboat’s dining room. To the rear of the saloon, separated by either folding doors or curtains, was the “ladies cabin.”

Above the boiler deck was the hurricane deck, on which was located another row of cabins, inhabited by the ship’s officers. This deck was usually the same length as the boiler deck. Atop that deck was the pilot house, a much shorter deck, flanked by two tall iron smokestacks with ornamented tops that emitted sparks and huge clouds of sooty smoke.

Source:
•Lost Capitals of Alabama
•George Miller
• Encyclopedia of Alabama 

12/28/2023

Classes start SOON !
CALL (251) 246-4962 to sign up !

12/20/2023

So many fossils!

12/11/2023

Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 17th! The annual Christmas in Furman event! 🎄

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CLARKE COUNTY! On this date in 1812, an act by the Legislature of the Mississippi Territory called the c...
12/10/2023

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CLARKE COUNTY! On this date in 1812, an act by the Legislature of the Mississippi Territory called the county of Clarke into existence.
It was named for Elijah Clarke who served in the Georgia House of Representatives prior to being elected to consecutive two-year terms as the 31st Governor from 1819 to 1824. Clark also served in the Georgia Militia during the American Revolution and achieved the rank of Major General in 1796.
His repeated attempts to gain more land from the Creeks earned him the name "E-cun-naw-au-po-po-hau," which translates as "always asking for land."

We have a few AUTOGRAPHED copies of Kathryn Tucker Windham’s book, “Alabama: One Big Front Porch.” These won’t last long...
12/08/2023

We have a few AUTOGRAPHED copies of Kathryn Tucker Windham’s book, “Alabama: One Big Front Porch.”
These won’t last long! 📕✍️ They would bring Christmas cheer for That Person Who Has Everything! Stop by the Museum Store to get yours!

The latest edition of the Clarke County Historical Quarterly has been mailed. A subscription would be a great present fo...
12/07/2023

The latest edition of the Clarke County Historical Quarterly has been mailed. A subscription would be a great present for the history lover in your life! Check out our website or mail $30 check to Jan South, P.O. Box 193, Jackson, AL 36545.
Inside this issue:
the Soc Parker House & Store,
Eugene Bellini,
Brittle History: Fragile Copies of Old Thomasville Echo Newspapers Look Into the Early 1900s,
Ferry Boats of Other Days,
Excerpts from the Clarke County Democrat, 1887.

12/04/2023

Did you know Alabama is home to one of the densest concentrations of ancient Native American monumental architecture in all of North America? There are hundreds of Native American mound sites across Alabama, most of which lie hidden away in forests and fields, but these 13 sites are highlighted by the Alabama Indigenous Mound Trail and 3 of those sites(bolded) are part of the Alabama Historical Commission's historic sites.

For more information, see the Alabama Mound Trail site!👇
https://alabamamoundtrail.org/

12/01/2023

Be sure to join us on Saturday, December 2nd from 2-4pm for the annual WHS Christmas Open House 🎄 at historic Laura Ann in Furman - the home of WHS members Laura and Kent Tabor! We look forward to seeing you then! 🎄

Laura Ann is beautifully decorated for a special feature in Victoria Magazine!

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Rehabilitation work is complete in the Marion Bumpy Bumpers Exhibit Room. Photos below show the various stages of comple...
11/29/2023

Rehabilitation work is complete in the Marion Bumpy Bumpers Exhibit Room. Photos below show the various stages of completion. It looks amazing!

The Clarke County Historical Society will hear stories from Thomasville's past and get a tour of the new Thomasville Mus...
11/20/2023

The Clarke County Historical Society will hear stories from Thomasville's past and get a tour of the new Thomasville Museum located inside the new library at their monthly meeting Sunday, Nov. 26th, 2:30 p.m.
Society member Chris Beverly will give visitors a brief history of the city, founded when the Mobile to Birmingham Railroad came through the area in 1888. Following his short presentation, visitors will be given a guided tour of the artifacts on display.
The building is located at 101 West Front Street, Thomasville, AL. All are invited. You do not have to be a member to attend historical society meetings. It would be great if you have out of town family visiting and need something fun to do!

10/30/2023
Pioneer Day 2023 is in the books! Let us know if you had a great time!
10/28/2023

Pioneer Day 2023 is in the books! Let us know if you had a great time!

Come on out today & tomorrow & support the Clarke County Museum’s bake sale in memory of Marion “Bumpy” Bumpers. All pro...
10/27/2023

Come on out today & tomorrow & support the Clarke County Museum’s bake sale in memory of Marion “Bumpy” Bumpers. All proceeds benefit Pioneer Day & the museum, a private non profit organization.

10/11/2023

The Museum is in need of more volunteers in the children’s area for Pioneer Day Oct. 28.
Call 251-275-4188 to sign up.

09/23/2023

The Clarke County Historical Society will meet Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Grove Hill City Hall. The speaker will be Don Sales, coordinator of the Thomas E. McMillan Museum at Coastal Alabama Community College’s Brewton campus and president of the Escambia County Historical Society. He will speak on the rich history of Escambia County, Alabama. The meeting is at 2:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

The first Clarke County Historical Quarterly of our 48th year was mailed this week! To subscribe, go to our website http...
09/22/2023

The first Clarke County Historical Quarterly of our 48th year was mailed this week! To subscribe, go to our website
https://www.clarkemuseum.com/html/membership.html
where you can pay your membership fee to get four issues sent to your home.

Check out the wonderful programs offered by one of our genealogy partners!
09/02/2023

Check out the wonderful programs offered by one of our genealogy partners!

It is our pleasure to offer these many materials and services at little to no charge. Take advantage of what the City of Grove Hill offers through Grove Hill Public Library.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Our 23rd Annual Pioneer Day will be Saturday, Oct. 28. Even more demonstrators, kid's games, and ac...
08/28/2023

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Our 23rd Annual Pioneer Day will be Saturday, Oct. 28. Even more demonstrators, kid's games, and activities than ever before!

As always, author Mike Bunn offered a fascinating program that included Clarke County and Alabama as part of his book “O...
08/27/2023

As always, author Mike Bunn offered a fascinating program that included Clarke County and Alabama as part of his book “Old Southwest to Old South:Mississippi, 1790-1840. His talk focused on the formative years of the Mississippi Territory, the Creek War, Andrew Jackson and other important elements of our shared history in the time period.

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Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm

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