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Marshall County Museums Weekend to make its debut

GUNTERSVILLE — Marshall County is showcasing its dynamic history through the first-ever Marshall County Museums Weekend this Saturday and Sunday.

A culturally enriching experience, the event is free and includes refreshments, activities and door prizes at each location. 

Visitors can get passports stamped at participating locations. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Albertville Museum

The volunteer-run Albertville Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, with appointments Saturday and Sunday. With a new location in downtown Albertville, the museum is a major contributor to Albertville’s initiative to turn the area into a center of arts, entertainment, culture and history.

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Arab Historic Village

One of the most widely toured historic destinations in the Southeast, the Arab Historic Village was created in 1991 as a centennial project to honor settlers who pioneered the community into the prosperous town it is today. The complex is made up of 10 historic buildings that portray and are authentic to a rural North Alabama community in the 1880s to 1940s era.

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Boaz Legacy Museum

A new facility housed in the old city post office, the Boaz Legacy Museum is open after years of planning and gathering items for exhibits. The museum displays artifacts from the city’s rich history of farming, automobiles, schools and churches.

Guntersville Depot

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Originally commissioned by the Alabama Legislature in 1847 as a railway project to connect the Tennessee River to the Coosa River from Guntersville to Gadsden, the Guntersville Depot was completed years later. After work was halted during the Civil War, the railway’s first passenger trip from Guntersville was taken in October 1892. In 2000, the depot was recognized as a historic site. Tours are conducted by appointment only.

Montgomery Gilbreath House

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Located in Guntersville, the historic Col. Montgomery Gilbreath House was built around 1848 by John White and purchased by Montgomery Gilbreath in 1856. The house is one of only two standing structures that remained after the Civil War. It is the headquarters of the Guntersville Historical Society.

Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center

The Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center is housed in the old Guntersville Armory, a beautiful rock building built in 1936. It was later used for parties and dances centering around the town’s boat races during the construction of the Guntersville Dam, and as a fire station in the mid-1980s. The museum moved in after renovations in 2006, although the cultural center was officially established in 1993. The museum offers many programs, as well as permanent and traveling exhibits.

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