Tri-City Ledger -

By Patsy Green
Guest Writer 

Sawmill day is just around the corner


April 25, 2019

Courtesy Photo

A model of Century as it was in the 1950's on display in the Leach House Museum

Sawmill Day 2019 will be Saturday, May 4th. I hope you'll join us. We still have a few spots for vendors or exhibitors. Call Jerry Fischer (850-256-3980) if you are interested. Besides our vendors and exhibitors, all of our museums will be open and staffed. Look around, ask questions and see what you can learn about our area history.

Agnes Grant and Jeanne Nolen have some contests which will run all day with cash prizes announced in the afternoon.

Bob Page will be in the Boxcar Museum to answer questions about the exhibits. Besides railroad memorabilia the Boxcar Museum has dioramas showing life at a logging camp.

Ruth Page and Neal Collier will be in the Leach House to answer your questions. The Leach House has a variety of exhibits including extensive Century High and Carver High School pictures and memorabilia, our military exhibit which includes pictures of area veterans, exhibits remembering our local doctors and hospital, an exhibit about Paul Wood and the Century Drive In, and exhibits showing items used in everyday life of the past. For Sawmill Day the Leach House will also house the winning displays from the Flomaton High School History Fair. Our thanks to Flomaton High School for letting the Alger Sullivan Historical Society be a part of your History Fair.

David Green and Bennie Malone will be in the Post Office Museum. Housed in the building that was Century's US Post Office from 1913 to 1948, the Post Office Museum has exhibits honoring long time Century Postmaster Miss Eva Vaughn as well as post office memorabilia and tools and other records of the Alger Sullivan Sawmill.

Joe Ross will man the Blacksmith Shop. Joe is our knowledge master about old tools. He can answer your questions about the tools housed in the Blacksmith Shop, as well as just about any questions you have about tools.

We also will have a tent for the sale of books from our bookstore and a large collection of wooden toys. The toys range in price from $4 to $25.

Besides inviting you to join us for Sawmill Day, we also encourage the community to make use of James Houston Jones Historic Park (our compound at 4th and Jefferson in Century – 610 4th Street)throughout the year. Our picnic area is available for use at any time. Old 100, our restored Alger Sullivan engine, is always on view. Our museums are open Saturdays from 10 am until 2 pm and anytime by appointment (call me 850-417-9803 or Jerry Fischer 850-256-3980.). We encourage visits by groups, families and individuals. You are always welcome. If you are picnicking and decide you want to have a museum tour, look at the front door of the Leach House Museum and start calling the numbers on the sign until you find someone who is able to come let you in.

All are invited to visit our meetings the third Tuesday of every month at 6 pm in the Leach House (The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 21st). I always enjoy the speakers telling what they know about the history of our area. You're also invited to join; dues are only $5.00 a year.


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