Trade Center Museum
6500 Stage Road
Loachapoka, AL 36865

Located in Pioneer Park in Loachapoka, AL.

Mike Thurman
P: 334.220.3290
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Date: January 12th, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM

The Lee County Historical Society will begin a new year of activities on the Second Saturday in January (Jan. 12, 2019) at Pioneer Park by offering visitors a taste of life in the 1800s in East Alabama. This Saturday will feature Inkle Looms, Dulcimers, and Pine Straw Basketry.

If you come early and the weather is agreeable, Dr. Charles Mitchell will lead a garden walk and talk through the Heirloom Camellia Garden at 9 a.m. where you will learn all about the State Flower of Alabama that is now in bloom. At the same time, all those age 13 and above are welcome to come to the Textile Room, upstairs in the Trade Center Museum, at 9 a.m. Mary Dulaney will be teaching participants to use Inkle Looms on which you can weave bands and belts. These bands, made in different widths and colors, may be used as belts, shoe strings, necklaces or wherever your imagination leads. All supplies will be provided and there is no fee.

Our pioneer settlers used whatever material was available to make items they could use. Of the more beautiful items were baskets made out of pine needles. A beginner's class in Pine Straw Basketry will also start this Saturday, with classes every Saturday through the February Second Saturday. The classes will be held in the Trade Center Museum, from 9 a.m. till noon. Supplies will be available and the fee will be $20 for the entire series. All participants will have completed a small basket by the end of classes. Please call Mike Thurman at 334-220-3290 to make a reservation. The class is limited so call NOW. Deborah McCord and the Whistle Stop Pickers will also begin a new class in traditional music using the mountain dulcimer. Even if you have never played a musical instrument before, you will find the mountain dulcimer both fun and satisfying.

The Trade Center Museum and all buildings at Pioneer Park are open to the public on the Second Saturday of each month. Blacksmith's are working at the forge, the textile center is alive with artisans spinning and weaving home-made fabrics, the gardens are open, and special activities are planned monthly. Stay for lunch at noon. Someone is always cooking up a traditional Southern lunch in the Cook House based on traditional recipes from our past. Pioneer Park is a project of the Lee County Historical Society, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the history of Lee County and East Alabama. Check out the website at or find us on Facebook.