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Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington

Columbiana, AL

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Address: 50 Lester St, Columbiana, AL 35051, USA How do we get there? Number: 205 669 8767
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What do you think of when you hear the name George Washington? We're sure many words come to mind! George Washington represents the birth of modern America, and the Karl C Harrington Museum of George Washington is a great way for kids to learn all about the amazing history of this amazing country!

The museum itself has a focus on artifacts and art that has been collected from the colonial period, right through to 1865. With letters, glassware, silver, furniture, and paintings just to name a few, there are plenty of fascinating things to see and learn from.

Of course, some of the artifacts have connections with George Washington himself. Kids can come face to face with the 1783 prayer book of Martha Washington, and the original sketch from 1787 of the Mt. Vernon grounds. There are writing instruments and tools from Washington's own survey case, and and original tintype which depicts Robert E. Lee in his own uniform for the very last time.

Take a close look - can you see the craftsmanship in the 18th and 19th century furniture? You can see these in the preserved pieces from the estates of the Washington family themselves. Truly amazing items!

Want to know what the oldest item is? Can you guess? It's actually the hand-written will of Colonel Daniel Parke which is dated 1710. Incredible!

So if you are interested in history, and want the kids to learn more about the great country that is the USA, then head on over to the George Washington Museum and have yourself an amazing and historical adventure! 

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The museum is located in the Mildred B. Harrison Library, at 50 Lester St in Columbiana.

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Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington FAQ’s

The museum are dedicated to preserving this amazing history. They have done an amazing job with preserving the artifacts and displaying them for all who visit. If you want to donate to contribute towards the running of the museum, they would always be appreciative!

It is best to try and grab a snack before you head to the museum. Best not walk around on an empty stomach - you will need all that energy for learning!

If any of your family just loved the museum and want to be more involved, they are always looking for volunteers!

What a great place to learn more about American history! The museum offer guided tours by appointment - just make sure you book a week in advance.

If you do have disabilities that might affect your visit, just give them a call before hand and check with them the wheelchair access.

Donations are welcomed

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