Museum hosting ‘Roots of Sampson’ photo exhibit, gearing up for 20th

By: By Chase Jordan -

Leaders of the local history museum are looking forward to seeing Sampson County through the eyes of photographers.

Sampson County History Museum is now accepting entries for “Roots of Sampson County.” The exhibit of black and white photographs will coincide with the 20th anniversary celebration for the museum, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at 313 Lisbon St.

Museum officials are asking participants to submit pictures that reflects “days gone by” or other image representing the rich heritage of Sampson County. The director said the exhibit is a first for the museum.

“The idea is to have pictures of Sampson County’s past if they have some old photographs they would like to submit,” Woodson said.

Woodson said anyone interested may also submit new pictures of things like old barns, vehicles or homes. The idea came about through discussions with museum board members such as Vickie Crane, who made a suggestion for the idea.

“We thought it would be fun because people enjoy seeing old photographs and different things around Sampson County,” he said.

Up to three unframed black and white photographs will be accepted. Entries must be at least 5 by 7 inches. The maximum size is 8 by 10 inches. Pictures must be delivered to the museum by Saturday, June 3. Matting will be provided for the display by officials. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Submission forms will be accepted at that time.

One entry will be picked as “Best in Exhibit” and during the June 17 event, attendees will vote for “People’s Choice.”

Woodson is also looking forward to the 20th anniversary of the museum. The museum, a two-story house with five rooms, in downtown Clinton began in 1997 by Fed Turlington and David King.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” he said. “The museum has grown a lot over the last 20 years. We started out with this one building here on Lisbon Street and over the years and over the years we expanded the property.”

Some of the scheduled features of the celebration, with free admission includes hot dogs, ice cream, live music, crafts, vendors, pony rides and an open house at the Museum Village, which includes 11 separate museum buildings behind the main building.

In addition to the main building, some of the galleries are dedicated to military, law enforcement and sports. The grounds of the museum also include a blacksmith shop and other historic structures such as the Wooten Store, which was relocated from the Timothy community.

The two acres is located on the corner of Lisbon, Powell and Graham streets.

“This is the 20th anniversary year of the museum being open and we’re throwing a little party,” Woodson said.

For more information about the event, contact the museum at 910-590-0007.

By Chase Jordan