Monday, February 6th, 2023
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AL: American Indian Artifacts Museum Coming Soon to Cheaha State Park

Cheaha State Park will soon have a new attraction, the Walter
Farr Indian Artifacts Museum. The collection, donated by Walter
Farr from Lineville, Ala., will go on display with a grand opening
on September 24, at 11 a.m., the same day as the park’s mountain
festival and chili cook off. The collection contains hundreds of
pieces including arrowheads, stone tools and musical instruments,
which are currently being cataloged and tagged for display in the
former Cheaha superintendent’s office.

A lifelong educator, Farr taught in the Alabama public school
system for several years before becoming the Dean of Students at
Southern Union Community College in Opelika. In addition to his
education career, Farr served as the president of the Rebel State
Archeological Society and was the founder of the Hillabee
Archeological Society. Collecting Indian Relics has been Farr’s
hobby since he was 9 years old when he found his first arrowhead on
his grandfather’s farm near Delta, Ala.

Farr’s collection has been on display in several venues and Indian
artifact shows throughout the years. “When he offered to donate his
collection to the park we jumped at the chance to put it on
display,” said Tammy Power, Cheaha Lodge Manager. “We are thankful
to Mr. Farr for the donation. It is an honor to be able to share
this fascinating collection with park visitors.”

When it opens later next month, the museum will be available for
tours by park guests, home school groups, school field trips and
other special tours. Museum hours will vary and tours must be
booked ahead of time. The entrance fee is $2 per person. No charge
for children age 6 and under. Cheaha is currently in need of
volunteers to help staff the museum. For more information about the
collection, volunteer opportunities, or to schedule a tour, email
the park at cheaha.event@dcnr.alabama.gov.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s
natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine
Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater
Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com
.

 

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