At the intersection of U.S. Highways 84W and 43 in Grove Hill stands the Clarke County Museum. With its pristine exterior, white picket fence, and ample lawn shaded by oaks, magnolias, and pecan trees, this plantation plain-style home invites passers-by to stop for a glimpse of the old South.
The museum, formerly the Alston-Cobb House, was constructed in 1854. Within its walls lies a treasure trove of Southwest Alabama history. One of the most popular exhibits is the fossils of the Zeuglodon, a prehistoric whale that swam in the ocean waters that once covered the county. The museum also features exhibits on the Native Americans who once lived here, the Civil War, Clarke Countians who fought in the two World Wars, and the county’s historic rural life.
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.
Learn more: www.clarkemuseum.com
Operating Hours Museum and Bookstore:
Monday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Office: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(call ahead to confirm)