The Alabama Rural Heritage Center

Located in Marengo County | What you’ll find: Arts & Culture | Shopping

The Alabama Rural Heritage Center is located on Hwy 25 in Thomaston,  located in a building designed by the famous Auburn Rural Studio. This building was the former Home Economics Building of Marengo County High School. It houses an art gallery featuring Alabama Artists. There is a Pepper Jelly Wall leading into the gift shop. Pepper Jelly is the signature product of the Center. It is featured in many dishes served in the restaurant Mama Nem’s Bistro which is open to groups by appointment. All the peppers used in the pepper jelly are locally grown.

The Heritage Shoppe is presently located in the former Marengo County High School building. A part of the Alabama Rural Heritage Foundation, the Shoppe specializes in Mama Nems Products, made in the Heritage Center kitchen, handmade craft items, specialty foods, and art, all created by Alabama craftsman and artists.

We know the history and story behind every artist and their work. Each item is truly a unique, one-of-a-kind work of art. Since we specialize in unique hand-made crafts and art, the items we have available change regularly. If you have something special in mind, please call to see what we have available. We invite you to come in to the store and experience our rural heritage for yourself.

If you choose to visit our shop, you may purchase using your credit or debit card. You may also purchase any of our items by email, or by calling 334-627-3388.

The pepper jelly may be purchased in the gift shop on site or in selected shops and galleries through out the state. The Rural Heritage Center preserves rural traditions. Throughout the year, they feature special events such as plays and luncheons, seminars. classes and other activities highlighting Alabama’s Rural Heritage.

133 Sixth Ave.
Thomaston, AL, 36783
Phone: (334) 627-3388


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