The Fentress County Historical Society has announced that there will be a preview opening of its new facility at 103-A South Smith Street, across from the Fentress County Courthouse, in downtown Jamestown, Tuesday, September 17, 10am-2pm. Tours of the building will include the organization’s museum, archives, bookstore, library and offices

Historical Society President, Martha Wiley, and Board Chairman, Willie Beaty, invite all Fentress Countians to stop by on this day for a look at what they say is still a “work in progress”, that the Society anticipates having completed prior to the end of this year. “We are still setting up the museum and research room,” Mrs. Wiley said. “When we have the grand opening in a few months, the Fentress County Historical Society will have all its resources, services and programs under one roof for the first time in its fifty plus years of existence.”

According to both Wiley and Beaty, when the new facility is fully operational, its museum will include both permanent and rotating exhibits, artwork and photographic displays. The archives and library will be computerized as will all office functions. There are plans to offer classes in genealogy, historical research and other topics of interest to individuals and groups that are doing research, writing papers or simply wanting to learn about the past. Monthly brown bag lunches will also be offered to those of the general public who would like to spend a lunch hour joining friends and co-workers in sharing a meal while learning about topics of wider interest. The Society’s new home will be staffed, initially, by an all-volunteer group made up of Historical Society board members, membership and others from the community.

“The Fentress County Historical Society’s mission is to preserve our county’s past for future generations,” Willie Beaty said. “To that end, we hope to engage and involve young people who will help us carry into the future the work begun by past generations that we are now endeavoring to continue. We look forward to having some high school and college students take an interest and do some work here.”

“Right now, we just want Fentress Countians to know that this organization is pleased and honored to be here in downtown Jamestown; and are looking forward to serving all of Fentress County and the surrounding area, as well as many visitors from out-of-county and out-of-state who come here to do research,” Martha Wiley said. “Please remember the date and time of the preview opening: Tuesday, September 17, 10am-2pm, and be among the first to see the new FCHS facility at 103-A South Smith Street, in historic downtown Jamestown.” The Fentress County Historical Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. Visit us on Facebook!