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BBQ for United Way

Friday, October 22, 2021 • 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

Old Courthouse Museum

Please join Monroe County Museum in support of United Way of Monroe County with your purchase of a delicious barbeque plate of pulled pork with bun, baked beans, chips, dessert & drink for only $10 per plate.  Call the museum at 251-575-7433 or email us at in advance to reserve your BBQ lunch plate.  Plates may be picked up in the Bird’s Nest Gift Shop inside the Old Courthouse Museum between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on Friday, October 22, 2021.  All proceeds will be donated to United Way of Monroe County.

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Rikard’s Mill Historical Park will once again be the setting for Monroe County Museum’s annual Cane Syrup Makin’ Day on Saturday, Nov. 6th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Rikard’s Mill will be transformed into a pioneer village as history is brought to life by rural heritage demonstrators. Come watch the old-fashioned process of syrup making as sugar cane is squeezed in the mule-driven cane press and the cane juice is slowly cooked down into delicious cane syrup, which will be bottled and sold.  Food vendors will be on site selling BBQ pork, hamburgers, hotdogs & sausage dogs with chips & drinks. For questions or additional information, contact Will Flowers at Monroe County Museum at or 251-575-7433.   


Where:  Rikard’s Mill Historical Park

               4116 Hwy. 265 North, Beatrice, AL 36425

Time:    9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Date:   Saturday, Nov. 6th, 2021

Admission:  $5 per person/Seniors & Under 12, $3 

Museum Members Free

Contact:  Will Flowers, Director of Education

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Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart:

The Journals of Sallie Independence

November 13 & 14, 2021

Old Courthouse Museum  

    Veteran storyteller Dolores Hydock will present “A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart: The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861-1887,” in a one-woman stageplay Nov. 13 and 14 at the historic Old Courthouse Museum. 

    Young Sallie's journal is a uniquely personal chronicle of daily life in Florence, Alabama, in the years before, during and after the Civil War.  Ms. Hydock discovered the journal in the archives at the University of  North Alabama, where Sallie's family home is now part of the campus. Using the journal, along with Sallie's letters and other period documents, Ms. Hydock vividly blends the modern experience of finding and exploring this 150-year-old treasure with Sallie's life experiences, as her innocence collides with the reality of war. 

    “Dolores becomes Sallie, and we see life through Sallie's eyes,” said Gail Deas, president of the Monroe County Museum Endowment board, the play's sponsor. “She shares everything -- as diaries do-- from schoolgirl crushes, to the anxiety of having Yankees on her front porch and brothers gone to war, to navigating a radically changed world as a reluctant adult.  It's not often that ancestors share their private thoughts, and speak to us in their own words. This is a real treat.” 

    The play is the keynote event for the endowment's annual autumn Fruitcake Festival. In addition to the performances, there will be a silent auction Saturday night, featuring a highly-sought Winchester  rifle, an authentic Confederate bond, a 19th-century coin and more. A limited number of connoiseur fruitcakes will be available for sale as well. 

         Performances will be Saturday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m., and Sunday Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.  Saturday tickets are $40, which includes a wine and cheese reception following the performance, and $30 for the Sunday matinee.  Student tickets are half-price. 

    Tickets and information are available at the museum, by calling 251-575-7433 or via Eventbrite.  Find more information at the museum's website:     

    The Monroe County Museum Endowment board generates longterm financial support for the maintenance and preservation of the historic Old Courthouse Museum on Monroeville's downtown square.

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