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American Indian Artifacts Museum Coming Soon to Cheaha State Park
August 22, 2011
Cheaha State Park will soon have a new attraction, the Walter Farr Indian Artifacts Museum. The collection, donated by Walter Farr from Lineville, Ala., will go on display with a grand opening on September 24, at 11 a.m., the same day as the park’s mountain festival and chili cook off. The collection contains hundreds of pieces including arrowheads, stone tools and musical instruments, which are currently being cataloged and tagged for display in the former Cheaha superintendent’s office.
A lifelong educator, Farr taught in the Alabama public school system for several years before becoming the Dean of Students at Southern Union Community College in Opelika. In addition to his education career, Farr served as the president of the Rebel State Archeological Society and was the founder of the Hillabee Archeological Society. Collecting Indian Relics has been Farr’s hobby since he was 9 years old when he found his first arrowhead on his grandfather’s farm near Delta, Ala.
Farr’s collection has been on display in several venues and Indian artifact shows throughout the years. “When he offered to donate his collection to the park we jumped at the chance to put it on display,” said Tammy Power, Cheaha Lodge Manager. “We are thankful to Mr. Farr for the donation. It is an honor to be able to share this fascinating collection with park visitors.”
When it opens later next month, the museum will be available for tours by park guests, home school groups, school field trips and other special tours. Museum hours will vary and tours must be booked ahead of time. The entrance fee is $2 per person. No charge for children age 6 and under. Cheaha is currently in need of volunteers to help staff the museum. For more information about the collection, volunteer opportunities, or to schedule a tour, email the park at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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