Last updated: February 11. 2014 7:08PM - 741 Views
By Janna Bass Chamber director

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The Sampson County History Museum is the “key to the past” and such a jewel for Sampson County. As many of you have read in previous articles, the Chamber is excited to assist the museum for a few hours each week and to discover the “behind the scenes” of the museum.

Thousands of people pass through the doors of the museum each year; from school groups, tourists, and Sampson County natives, the museum is rich in our heritage. While I have gone on quite a few partial tours, I went on a full tour this past week and dove into Sampson County’s history. The tour, about an hour and a half in length, led me through 11 buildings exploring agriculture, law enforcement, a country store, military, the newest sports building, and more. The stories Mr. David (King) put behind the history made it much more than a tour, it was a true experience and a “blast to the past.”

Throughout the past few weeks, Mr. David and Mrs. Jeannie King have shared many insights on the operation of the museum including the importance of volunteers to ensure events and tours are successful and to keep the doors open. With an array of volunteer opportunities from tour guides, grounds maintenance, costume design, office assistance, and so much more, there is something for everyone.

I encourage you to first, stop by the Sampson County History Museum at 313 Lisbon St. in Clinton and immerse yourself in the rich history of Sampson County. Second, I encourage you to give back and support the museum that showcases Sampson County to thousands each year. Through monetary donations or the donation of time, all is appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please join us for a volunteer orientation on Monday, March 10 at 5 p.m. at the museum. Give us a call at 910-592-6177 to RSVP today.

Happy Valentine’s Day and as always encourage you to shop and dine locally. For more information about the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce call 910-592-6177 or visit www.clintonsampsonchamber.org.

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