referred to the weevil statue in downtown Enterprise. It’s there to
remind people how some Alabama communities shifted from cotton to other
crops or industries as a result of the economic havoc created by the pesky
Museum contains more than 18,000 items, including arrowheads and other
small objects. Peak is amazed each time he walks through it.
find something new every day," he said. "If I don’t know what
it is, I’ll look it up on the Internet to acquaint myself on what it
a wall of the museum is a sign saying: "So That Others May Learn From
The Past." It’s a motto near and dear to the retired history
teacher who has taken upon himself the task of continuing in his chosen
profession—with a somewhat different backdrop.
important because we are teaching children who have never seen anything
like what we have at our museum," said Peak. "When they leave
here, they have a better understanding of what Alabama was like back in
who visit the museum get a chance to explore a way of life before
electricity replaced lanterns, before automobiles replaced buggies and
long before television moved families off the front porch where tall tales
were told and into living rooms to watch flickering images on a big box.
learn about cooking meals on a wood stove or in a fireplace, churning
butter, sweeping floors with booms made out of straw, walking long
distances to get water, feeding chickens and gathering eggs.
did not come from discount stores or shopping malls. They were made on
looms or by needle and thread—sometimes creating dresses out of burlap
sacks that once held potatoes.
even a replica of a moonshine still. The operative word is
"replica." Visitors who have never seen a still up close have a
chance to examine a device that was no stranger to rural America.
who study Alabama’s political history are also in for a treat. A section
of the museum is devoted to the life and career of Charles Henderson who
was one of the state’s most popular governors.
born a year before the start of the Civil War, served from 1915 to 1919
and helped push through numerous progressive pieces of legislation,
including tax equalization.
contributions to his city, county and state have not been forgotten. Troy’s
high school is named for him, as are other structures in the community.