The Clarke County Historical Museum opened in 1986 as a project of the Clarke County Historical Society. It is located at downtown Grove Hill, AL in the Alston-Cobb House which was built in 1854. The museum contains a treasure of southwest Alabama history. One of the most popular exhibits is the fossils of the Basilosaurus Cetoides, a prehistoric whale that swam in the ocean waters that once covered the county. The museum also features exhibits that illustrate the lives of Native Americans who once lived in the area and of early pioneers of southwest Alabama. The museum grounds also features the ca. 1834 Creagh Law Office, the Turner corn crib, and the restored 1830’s Mathews Cabin.
The museum sponsors an annual Pioneer Day every October. This is a living-history event that features costumed re-enactors demonstrating early life in southwest Alabama. Demonstrations are scheduled simultaneously throughout the day. They include blacksmithing and forging, hand-made bows and arrows, candle making, flint knapping, basket weaving, butter churning, wool spinning, chair caning, rope making, corn shuck dolls and much more.
The Clarke County Museum is located on the corner of Cobb Street and N. Jackson Street at downtown Grove Hill (Google Maps).
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For additional details about this museun, go to ClarkeMuseum.com.