3 on the Road: Merrill Museum
CARROLL COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Three on the Road goes to Carroll County. Carrollton is a picture-postcard type village, but one of the county's early families is prominent in the news right now. The family of Arizona Senator John McCain has deep roots in Carroll County, Mississippi.
In a time when two lanes are constantly widening to four and four lanes widening to six and all of this progress is pushing the past farther into the past, Carrollton is refreshing.
"Carrollton hasn't changed much in the years even before I was born," said Snooky Lee.
Lee says Carrollton stays kind of quiet, except maybe when they come to town to make movies; The Help, The Reivers, a bunch more. It is the quintessential County Seat with its Courthouse in the center of town both literally and figuratively.
And there is a museum. The Merrill Museum, the building saved by the Carroll County Society for the Preservation of Antiquities. Carrollton Mayor Pam Lee is a member of the Society.
"We have a collection of arrowheads, we have a collection of antique bottles, we have antique toys," added Mayor Lee.
And prominent just as you enter the museum is a large display of memorabilia donated by the McCain family who were early settlers in the area. This is Senator John McCain's family.
"His great grandfather was a landowner here. He was sheriff at one time, and he was beat two Supervisor at one time," said Mayor Lee.
The memorabilia was a gift to the museum from the McCain family when a request was made after the museum opened. They sent not just a few things, but, as Pam put it, a planeload.
"We have some uniforms of the different servicemen. Things that were given to the McCains when they were serving overseas. Copies of speeches and notes and pictures, we have lots of pictures," said the Mayor. "We even have one of Senator McCain as he was a baby on his grandfather's knee. It reminds us that we are not just a small town but that our citizens are important, the ones who live here today as well as the ones who lived here in the past."
And Carrollton is important because it retains that small town County Seat flavor of a Mississippi town that is quickly being paved over elsewhere by inevitable progress.
The next time the museum is scheduled to be open is during the Carrollton Pilgrimage, October 5 and 6. Or you can go to www.carrollcountyms.org for a number you can call to make an appointment anytime.
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