Badin Historic Museum News

When the old Alcoa kindergarten building was moved to the Town Park on May 12, 1999 the work began. A wall was torn down, a handicapped accessible bathroom added, floors refinished, walls and woodwork painted and windows fitted with sunlight blocking film.

We ended up with a gleaming interior…and it was completely empty.

Thanks to the generosity of David Summerlin and Jerry Hall we were able to create an interesting display on folding tables around the room.

When we lost a dear friend, Edmar Mitchell, in 2000, we found she had been especially generous to the museum. We were then able, through funds she had left us, to install lighted display cabinets throughout the museum.

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Since then we have slowly collected artifacts, added center cabinets for rotating displays and added shelving for storage in our small office.

In February 2003, our center display highlighted the village of West Badin for Black History Month and we had numerous visitors during this time including over 400 children from Badin School.

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Other displays have included Badin churches and the Best of Badin Festival and we have plans for many more rotating exhibits.

But we are most proud of our permanent display. A visitor can follow the history of Badin as he or she circles the room. A personal guide gives a brief history of each event. To get an idea of this process, go to our Museum Tour page.

But of course there is nothing like the real thing, so please visit when you can. We are open every Sunday from 2 PM to 5 PM and give private tours by appointment. Call David Summerlin at 704-422-3713, or Bridget Huckabee at 704-422-3873.

ARTIFACTS NEEDED FOR BADIN HISTORICAL MUSEUM

If you have any of the following artifacts, please consider donating them to Badin Museum. Your donations are tax deductible.

Hardaway Indian Site commemorative bronze
Arrowheads
Complete pottery pieces
Hardaway Construction Site photos
Alcoa: salesman’s sampler
Early Alcoa construction photos
Early Alcoa construction items
Photos of convicts arriving at construction site of Narrows Dam
World War I photos, uniforms and medals
Old photos of ballparks in Badin and West Badin with teams, etc
Photos of Badin fraternal groups, emblems or hats
Articles and early photos of West Badin
Mementos of West Badin school
Badin kindergarten: any photos, mementos, etc.
Opera House memorabilia
Early activity on Badin Lake
Badin Club House
Old golf club memorabilia
Badin Hospital memorabilia
Advertising mementos from Badin businesses
Palmerville memorabilia

Badin Historic Museum’s History

 

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In 1998, Alcoa donated the building to Badin.
Museum committee members inspect its future site.

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Oops! David Summerlin saves the day!

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Alcoa’s rental office, town kindergarten and community building at it original location on the corner of Maple and Spruce Streets

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On May 12, 1999, the historic move down Falls Road begins with Jimmy Moore behind the wheel.

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The old building, all spruced up finds a new home and an new name: Badin Historic Museum.