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Athens - Alabama Veterans Museum And Archives

100 West Pryor Street

About Us

The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, located in the old L&N Freight Depot in Athens, was the brainchild of the late Limestone County, Alabama, Veterans Service Officer Kenneth David. After collecting artifacts for an exhibit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II in 1995, Ken still had many artifacts left after the exhibit closed that contributors didn’t retrieve. He wanted a permanent place to display the artifacts to honor the brave men and women from the Civil War to the present who fought and died to keep our land free.

The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives opened its doors in 2000 with a few primitive displays and much renovation work still to be done. We had our Grand Opening and Dedication service on Nov. 10, 2002. Our guest speaker was Johnny Spann of Winfield, Ala., father of Mike Spann, the first American killed in Afghanistan in the wake of the terrorist attack on America. One week later, Ken David lost his battle with cancer.

The museum, which is still under renovation, is divided into three areas: the Tyler Craig Memorial Library; the Bob McAbee Exhibit Hall, and the Wendell Powers Auditorium to commemorate the untold hours of volunteer labor these three museum board members gave, and continue to give, to this building.

We have heard it commented by visitors who have seen military museum throughout the U.S. that the charm of this museum is that it celebrates the accomplishments and sacrifices of the common service person and his family on the home front, rather than extolling the oft-told glory of their commanders.


debbie c

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
It's an experience everyone should see and know how our veterans fought for our country. They also have videos and books that you can check out or read while you're there. Thank you to all the veterans who are in the military now and have been God bless you all. This place is a need to see. Please go see this place in Athens Alabama.

Lisa Pace

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Great collection of history. You will not find a better guide. He is the best so friendly and knowledgeable and willing to help anybody with anything I give him a 10 star rating

Mary Lewis

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
A good nice clean museum to visit and learn about history from Mary Lewis tomboy outlaw harmonica player

Mike Criscillis

Friday, Sep. 8, 2017
Great information on local folks who served in the Military. Very interesting artifacts. Highly recommend to visit.

Jennifer White

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
Wonderful place to visit and bring your children. No charge, I just suggest a donation.

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