When your family and out-of-town
friends come to visit, what do they want to do? Chances are, if they
grew up in this area, they want to return to places they remember from
their youth. After that, if you’re like most of us, you are eager to
show off the progress our wonderful community has made. Our beautiful
Historic Court Square and the Randolph County Heritage Museum generally
top the list.
The Museum didn’t happen by
accident—it was only through generous donations and the hard work of
volunteers that the doors opened in 2006. Located in a beautiful,
historic landmark and a newly acquired building next door, the museum
houses permanent displays as well as some artifacts that are temporarily
on loan, and it hosts shows and exhibits which showcase specific
treasures from our heritage and the long history of Randolph County. In
addition, the newly established archives room will enable the Museum to
properly preserve and store documents, photographs, and other
non-displayed artifacts for generations to come.
Museums are excellent resources for
education. Future plans for the Randolph County Heritage Museum include
making the Randolph County Oral History Archives accessible to any
researcher or student—from the local public schools to college-level or
beyond. Additionally, events such as lectures, slide shows of historical
photographs, book readings, and much more are slated for the future.
Community spirit and pride of place
have made Pocahontas and Randolph County a wonderful place to live. Our
volunteers and donors include folks who have always lived in this area,
as well as many who had no ties to Pocahontas, but rather discovered
this place and decided to call it home while they raise a family or
enjoy the retirement years.
The Randolph County Heritage Museum
membership drive is now underway. Because we have ever-increasing
operating expenses, including monthly expenses necessary to operate any
business, we need your support. Though we are 100% volunteer-staffed,
your fully-deductible donation will help enable us to keep this
wonderful facility admission free.
Thank you for supporting this great
addition to our community!