Museum open for spring break [with gallery]

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 27, 2018

For anyone looking for a local spring break outing – and a free one, at that – the Three Notch Museum will be open every day this week.

“Not every one goes out of town during spring break,” Linda Castleberry of the Three Notch Museum said. “It is a good way to spend a little time outside of the house.”

Castleberry said that most people come in and are only looking for one thing about an old family member.

“If people actually looked around and opened their eyes to what is around, then they will really enjoy what we have to offer,” Castleberry said.

The museum has several displays including old medical books that were owned by former Surgeon General and Red Level native Luther Terry’s father, James Edward Terry; the uniform worn by James Underwood Cross, who was a military aide and chief pilot for the Air Force One when Lyndon B. Johnson was president; and two model train sets for both young and old. The Mark Gibson family donated the large model railway and it is known as the Mark Gibson Model Railway.

The museum is free to enter, but they do accept donations.

“We get people from all over,” Castleberry said. “We had two men from Iowa come down today on a hunting trip and couldn’t check in their hotels until one o’clock, so they typed in museums on their phones and found us.”

There are also several displays outside including a red caboose; the River Falls Post Office that has been fully restored and has the back room set up as an old school room; and the Clark Family Log Cabin, which is an example of a pioneer log cabin.

“Some of our newer things are the military items that we have,” Castleberry said. “We have several new items from World War I.”

The Three Notch Museum opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 2 p.m. all this week and will also be giving special tours.

“I really encourage people to come to and see what we have to offer,” Castleberry said. “It gives you a feeling of the town and you get to learn about where we came from and what we have become.”