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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.


Jacob York

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Very interesting museum. The volunteers that were there the day my family and I went were very knowledgeable and willing to share stories and information. The museum was out together from donations from the area. They have a regularly scheduled meeting once or twice a month also. If your in the area you should definitely pay a visit.

Tama Nunnelley

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
A true memorial to all the wars and the mem and women who sacrificed for the freedom of others. Operated by veterans for the preservation of history and important stories. Go see this and let's help preserve it for our children!

Paula King

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Small museum but very nice. Most of the items are from local people which makes it more interesting to me. The guides are knowledgeable and very helpful.

Andrew Farmer

Saturday, June 9, 2018
This museum is an absolutely enjoyable experience. All the artifacts are donated by veterans from the local area; the articles ranging from civil war area to Vietnam. Friendly volunteers help answer any questions you may have and make this a truly fitting musuem honoring our veterans.

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.

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