Tom Vinson of the Trigg County Historical Society said the group is officially sponsoring the museum and that the Thomas Bridges Association is involved. He also said that much restoration and renovation work still remains to be done on the building, and that he doesn’t’ t know when that work will be completed.
“There’s quite a bit to be done, we’re still waiting on grants, and we can only display what we have,” Vinson said.
In addition to the pieces that were displayed at the old Trigg County Museum near Interstate 24, they will show uniforms from the various wars, artifacts from and a model of the Cadiz Railroad, Lexie Bush’s old barber chair and history books pertaining to Trigg County, Vinson said.
He added that there will also be ornaments and other items for sale.
The museum won’t display all of its history at one time, as displays will be divided into segments representing historical periods, special events and historical developments, said Vinson.
The museum is located in the part of the old Senior Center building that used to house the Cadiz Christian Church, the Cadiz Masonic Lodge and the Cadiz Record. Earlier this year, the Trigg County Fiscal Court allowed the historical society to start a museum there.
A restaurant is supposed to open in the kitchen and dining room area of the old senior center building.
The old I-24 museum – which hasn’t been staffed in 5 – 6 years – had less security and wasn’t attractive to people wanting to donate historical items for fear of them being stolen or damaged, it didn’t have any restrooms or air conditioning and it didn’t see much traffic, but the new location is more secure and has more amenities, and it’s in downtown Cadiz, said Vinson.
The Trigg County Historical and Preservation Society was officially organized in 1981. David Shore is the president of the group.