Union County Museum expands

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 7/26/2013 7:06 pm
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA)--As a train hurries down the tracks near downtown New Albany close to Jefferson Avenue, only yards away sit several children getting their hands dirty and learning the art of making arts and crafts.

They're learning inside the Art House.

"I'm a helper and this is some of the kids, this is what they have done .  And, its water color and its quite pretty to me," said Rosalee Roberts of New Albany, a volunteer at the camp.

"I think its really fun.  Its really great for the kids to come out and just have a lot of fun and do some art; just fun," replied Lauren Cotharp of New Albany, another volunteer.

The art house is the genesis of a project that the local historical society has started.

They've purchased land right near the railroad.

"While we're always looking for an expansion, we felt like this property, because it is next door to the museum, is important to us," said Jill Smith, the director of the Union County Heritage Museum.

Now museum officials say that they purchased the property because of its proximity, first of all to the railroad, and to the William Faulkner home as well.

It is a very historic part of town, and residents say they would like to keep it that way.

"The property adjacent to us is an old barbecue hut that we intend to bring back to life . Of course, it's all dependent on money.  We're always trying to raise money and that's why," Smith continued.

To that end, the society says it purchased this duplex that is occupied right now and bringing in money.

They say they can also foresee this vacant lot with its abundant shade as a place for folks simply to come and watch the train if they like.

From their perspective, the future looks bright.

"I think so.  I think it will be great if it does.  I'd love to see people come out and get more involved," said Jennifer Canerdy, another volunteer.

The Historical Society members say they have torn down one house in the area and moved another.

They add, however, that no more houses will be moved or torn down.

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