Kelly Mill Museum
1815 Reed Road
175 Dottelle Road
Monroeville, AL 36460
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Hours of Operation9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Kelly Mill Mercantile Country Store Museum offers glimpse into the pastLocated on Monroe County Road 37, between U.S. Highway 84 and State Highway 136, the museum had its grand opening on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dozens of people were on hand for the dedication ceremony, which started at 10 a.m. and was led by the Rev. Kenneth Johnson, author Riley Nicholas Kelly and property owner Cecil Chandler.
The front of the building is decorated with vintage advertising signs, old benches and a railroad timetable that harkens back to the days when the now defunct railroad passed near the store. As hard as it is to imagine today, there was a time when you could hop on a train in “downtown Dottelle” and travel to the communities of Manistee, Mous, Monroe Station, Peterman, Kempville, Beatrice, Nadawah, McWilliams, Pineapple, Allenton, Snow Hill, Pleasant Hill and on to Selma.
Inside the museum, you’ll find a huge variety of vintage items, including old tools, farm equipment, radios, phonographs, pot-bellied stoves, display cases, desks, magazines, records, hand mills, cookery, old newspapers, an egg-tester as well as placards that explain their uses and applications. Also on display are numerous documents, letters and books concerning local history.
Chandler is especially interested in opening the museum up to local fourth-grade Alabama History students. Teachers interested in scheduling a tour are encouraged to contact Chandler at 251-765-2532.