Hundreds of years of history and artifacts fill 20,000 square feet of space at the Baldwin County Heritage Museum in nearby Elberta, Alabama. Just a short drive from Foley, step back in time, relive and reconnect with Baldwin County’s past and people.
Old timers get nostalgic when walking through the collections of farm equipment and household wares, from Singer sewing machines that mended flour sack dresses to wooden school desks where mathematics and spelling words were studied. Decades of work and expansion by museum volunteers and donors have yielded five acres of treasures that tell the story of Baldwin County and its people. You’ll even find the old Miflin school house and a 1908 church on the grounds.
The museum regularly hosts school and civic groups and presents special exhibits. It offers one of the best ways to visually learn about the county’s past, from the Civil War era and railway days to the mid-20th century. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are greatly appreciated and accepted. The museum and grounds are open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed on national and state holidays.
Thanks to a dedicated group of individuals, businesses and organizations, the Baldwin County Heritage Museum has remained open to the public since October 1987. In an effort to keep the museum operating for generations to come, consider helping through the “Adopt BCHM for a Day” program. It costs roughly $55 a day to operate the museum, which includes utilities, security and insurance. By covering the cost of operations for one day, your donation will help the museum continue its mission and provide a secure place to display Baldwin County’s heritage, and you will be recognized at the museum for your contribution. You may choose to memorialize a special person or event through your donation. Contributors may also spend the day at the museum as a guest host or hostess.
Adopt the museum through a check contribution mailed to Baldwin County Heritage Museum, P.O. Box 356, Elberta, AL 36530, by calling and using a major credit card, or by stopping by during business hours.
Stop in and step back in time during your next visit to south Baldwin County. Then help keep the museum alive for generations to come by adopting it for a day (or many days)!