Located in the heart of Opelika’s downtown historic district at 121 South Street, on the old Clement hotel site, the Museum of East Alabama first opened its doors in August 1989. Adjacent to the Lee County Courthouse square, the museum now houses over 5,000 artifacts including Local, State, and general history items. With over 2,000 visitors yearly since its opening, thousands of visitors receive a look and education about the East Alabama area, Opelika, and Alabama history.
For almost 32 the Museum of East Alabama has been the hub for providing an environment for public benefit for the interpretation, exhibition, and housing of all this historical in the East Alabama region. Every year we have hundreds of elementary school children that visit the Museum and enjoy getting to put their hands on the history.
Since agriculture plays such a large part of who we are as East Alabamians, we want to give kids the opportunity to dream and imagine what it was like plowing the fields of Opelika back in the late 1890’s!
The Museum of East Alabama has recently received a donation in the form a 150-year-old steam tractor named “Old Nancy.” The history of the steam tractor goes back to the early days of Opelika and Lee County and is in amazing working order and condition. In order to display the tractor for public viewing, the Museum would like to give “Old Nancy” a “Forever Home” in the adjacent lot between the Museum and James Bros. Bike Shop. In the spirit of the history, we exhibit and how funds were raised for projects like this in the “Olden Days,” we will list name or “In Memory of” name of each donation of $100 or more on historical plaque placed at the front of the pavilion.
We are excited for this project to be our first expansion outside of the walls of the Museum. Additionally, we can’t think of a more worthwhile opportunity for someone to be able to proudly display their name, or the name of family member that lived and loved all things Opelika. “Old Nancy” is pristine condition and perfect working order. The opportunity to be a part of Opelika Giving Day is a blessing to each and every person that walks through our doors.