Yorktown Museum hosting open house Friday

Sonny Long

April 18, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated April 17, 2012 at 11:18 p.m.

The Yorktown Historical Museum will hold an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday.

The open house will be an opportunity for the public to see the new flooring that was recently installed in the museum's office, the large meeting room and kitchen.

Steven Lavery, owner of Awesome Wood Floors in Yorktown along with his son Steve Lavery, donated much of the labor needed to prepare the museum for the new floor installation.

"The museum saved a great deal of money through their assistance. This floor preparation was required to be completed before the installation of the new floors," said Beverly Bruns, president of the Yorktown Historical Society.

Bruns also noted that several other volunteers donated their time to assist with the project.

A hallway also received new flooring and the bathroom renovated and brought into compliance with the American With Disabilities Act.

The museum is housed in the Eckhardt building, constructed as a general store in 1876.

Exhibits at the museum included many historic artifacts and photographs.

The exhibits include a baby grand piano that survived the Indianola hurricane of 1886 and still plays. The wagon room features a 1900-era man-pulled fire wagon.

Another highlight is the doll room featuring a wide variety of styles and models of more than 300 dolls from the 1860s through the 1980s on loan to the museum from Francis and Lucille Smith of Victoria.



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