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Murray County, Georgia's Heritage in Cyberspace
Murray County

This unusual museum, devoted to life in Murray County, Georgia, first appeared on the Internet February 15, 2005, with no advance publicity or notice.

This is a brief report of what has happened since.

Many of the originally stated objectives have been met earlier than anticipated. This is especially true in the area of providing serious historic materials relating to Murray County:

With the permission of the authors and the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, we have posted the text of the first 500 pages of Murray County Heritage, published in 1987.

Charles Shriner's History of Murray County, published in 1911 is also now available in this museum.

The full text of the memoirs of a Murray County slave, Levi Branham, published in 1929 as My Life and Travels also is now available in the museum.

All three of these works are computer searchable, usually performing searches in less than one second.

Serious historic researchers can also access through our Gateways section, the computer files of Georgia State Archives.

Our own Chronological History of Murray County has been posted and will continue to be corrected, revised, and updated as time permits and new material becomes available. Another newly created report lists post offices that have served Murray County citizens since the first white settlers arrived in the area. Historical lists of importance now available in the museum include:

    Georgia Census of Murray County 1834
    Murray County's Elected Officials (1832-1986)
    Early Murray Newspapers
    Early Murray Doctors

A section of the museum titled "Landmarks Lost" contains dozens of pictures of structures, once important, that no longer exist. When time permits, there are numerous structures to be added to this section.

Most people who grew up in Murray County attended Murray County High School. This section is being developed as time and materials permit. Eventually we hope to have coverage of the faculty and students for every school year since the school opened in 1934. Coverage of some 25 years has been completed.

Major museum displays include:

    historical roadside markers of Murray County (not complete)
    Murray cemeteries
    Coulter dolls
    a Roseville pottery collection
    vintage Murray advertisements from 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
    a barbed wire collection
    a collection of wooden vases
    school valentines from 1940s;
    chenille products from the 1930s-1970s
    scores of Murray County quilts
    works of art by Murray County artists

The museum section titled "Prized Possessions" displays museum-type items owned by Murray County people. It includes antique weapons, furniture, tools, business equipment, Indian artifacts, telephones, works of art, toys, dolls, needlework, and a comprehensive, privately owned collection of washday items: wash pots, wash tubs, rub-boards, irons, ironing boards, washing machines, water buckets, and dryers.

The museum's Gateways section provides free and easy access to online editions of nearly 1,000 English Language newspapers around the world, as well as online displays of many museums and art galleries in several countries.

To understand what the website is about, first-time visitors should click on and read the following topics at the top of this page:

Why a Museum in Cyberspace?

Planned Exhibits?

Research Support

Want to Help?


The museum's creator can be emailed: murraymuseum@aol.com

Three notes of interest:

    The man who is doing all of the computer aspects of creating and managing this website has never even been in Murray County!

    The guy who envisioned the site, then decided to actually create it, although a Murray resident in his youth and a graduate of Murray County High School, has not lived in Murray County for the past 45 years.

    The computer from which this website operates is not even in Georgia—but in a state far distance removed.
Please take a few minutes to explore some of the topics on this site, then click some of its links to other sites to discover worlds not previously available to those living in Murray County!

Visitors returning to the museum can quickly find what has been added recently. Simply click on "Updates" at the top of each page. We maintain a chronological listing of what has been changed.

PLEASE TELL OTHERS ABOUT THIS MUSEUM!
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