The Old Firehouse Museum’s 2018 Pictorial Memories Historical Calendar features over 100 citizens of all ages and walks of life, memorable events, and interesting places in Wiggins and Stone County. The calendars are available for $10 at the Museum, Wiggins City Hall, Alexander Hardware, Stone County Chancery Clerk’s Office, Sawmill Family Restaurant, McDaniels’ General Merchandise, and The Pecan House. The 2018 calendar would be a great Christmas gift for family members and friends!
The Old Firehouse Museum will have a fundraising yard sale Friday, September 29, 2017, next to Frosty Mug from 8am – 2pm. The funds will be used for our community events and operating supplies.
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Join us for the 2017 Doll Show and Tea Party on March 11, 2017 at the Ferris O’Neal Senior Center, 1240 South Magnolia Drive in Wiggins, Mississippi 39577. Admission is free.
The Doll Show exhibit is open from 9AM to 2PM. The Tea Party is from 10:30AM to 12:30PM.
If you are interested in showcasing your dolls as part of the exhibit, please bring your doll(s) for placement to the Ferris O’Neal Senior Center on Friday, March 10 from 4PM-6PM or on Saturday, March 11 from 8AM to 9AM.
For more information, please contact the Old Firehouse Museum at email@example.com.
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Alfred Byrd, Old Firehouse Museum Board Member 601-928-8089 or 601-928-8164
All Aboard: The Old Firehouse Museum’s Train Show Returns
The Old Firehouse Museum’s train show will again be held in the Historic Depot in Wiggins on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The fun and festivities will start at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Participants may set up their trains Friday, April 15, 4-6 p.m. or Saturday, April 16, 8-9 a.m. All types of trains are welcome. The show celebrates the railroad and showcases model trains from the collections of citizens of Wiggins and Stone County.
“If it wasn’t for the railroad, we wouldn’t be here” is an often heard refrain at the Old Firehouse Museum. The railroad, originally the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad was built through the county in 1896 and was instrumental in the county’s economic development. This is one reason the museum hosts the train show and another is that most everyone loves model trains.
In addition to the large collection of locally owned model trains that will be on display, there will be presentations, hands-on activities for children, musical entertainment and a motorized trackless train ride around the Depot grounds.
David Price, a noted and favorite railroad historian, and Jerry Lachaussee, author and retired railroad dispatcher,will again present interesting train lore and stories for the train enthusiast that will be attending. The museum will display photos and other train related artifacts from its collection.
The Historic Depot was originally rebuilt in 1912 after the first depot was destroyed by fire in 1910. In 2000, the building was moved to its current location. Restoration of the Depot was completed in 2005.
The Old Firehouse Museum, dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of Stone County, is located next to the Wiggins City Hall, 117 North First Street, and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is supported and funded by the City of Wiggins and contributions from volunteers and visitors.
Stone County turns 100 in 2016 and will be celebrating our centennial all year with events and activities that highlight our past, our citizens and a look to our future. Come join us as Stone County honors its 100 years and plans for the next 100 years.
Interested in the History of Wiggins and Stone County? Want to give back to the community?
The Old Firehouse Museum is seeking additional volunteers to assist when the Museum is open, assist in research and cataloging of materials, and to assist with special events.
If interested, please email the Museum at OldFirehouseWiggins@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Old Firehouse Museum will again host “A Celebration of Trains” during this Stone County Centennial year. “A Celebration of Trains” will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 9 AM – 2 PM at the Historic Train Depot located on Hatten Avenue. A variety of model trains will be displayed. There will be train rides, demonstrations, storytelling, videos, and train activities for all ages. Our guests for the day will be train experts David Price and Jerry Lachaussee.
Exhibitors are invited to show their trains. Exhibits should bring their trains for display either Friday, April 15, 2016, from 4 PM – 6 PM or Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 8 AM – 9AM. Exhibits should remain in place until the event closes at 2 PM.
For more information, email the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org.