Historical Society features city’s downtown murals in new calendar available through fundraiser

Published 3:20 pm Thursday, December 28, 2023

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The Covington Historical Society is now selling 2024 calendars with a “The Murals of Andalusia” theme for $20.

The calendar features one of the city’s color murals each month along with an abbreviated description of that particular scene. These calendars are ideal for business or home offices.

“In addition to our ordinary expenses we continue to have maintenance and repairs of the main depot building (the former Central of Georgia railroad depot),” said Three Notch Museum Chairman Sue Bass Wilson. “We also have upkeep for the surrounding structures or complex including the boxcars and cabooses, the River Falls post office building, the Clark family log cabin, and the H. B. Little country store. Recently, our commercial insurance premium almost doubled. Our opening hours are only three days a week, and we would like to be able to pay staff for more opening days.”

Wilson added that Museum Docent Linda Castleberry came up with the idea for the mural calendar. The Covington Historical Society was also in need of a fundraiser for the local history museum.

“Our museum is a popular tourist attraction. Visitors often ask if there is a pamphlet or folder with information on the downtown murals. She (Linda) thought that a calendar featuring a mural each month with information on a particular mural would be a good thing to have to offer people who are curious about the meaning of the murals.”

Calendars may be purchased at the Three Notch Museum on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and at Bass Agency Real Estate. The CHS has a goal to sell about 200 calendars.

“David Wyatt is the current CHS president. We welcome any support from friends of the museum or citizens who can make an annual contribution of $25. Stop by and help support this project of the Covington Historical Society whose goal is to preserve the history of Covington County,” Wilson said.

The Central of Georgia Depot, constructed in 1899, is the oldest and only wooden commercial building that remains in downtown Andalusia. The building was restored by the CHS in the mid-1980s to exhibit articles of historical significance. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places on August 30, 1984.

The name “Three Notch Museum” was selected from the Andalusia area’s journey through history. The Three Notch Trail was first an Indian pathway and later a trading route for the Spanish making their way into Indian territory from Pensacola. Today, the trail is represented by two of Andalusia’s main streets, East Three Notch and South Three Notch.

For more information contact the Covington Historical Society at P. O. Box 1582, Andalusia, AL 36420, or call 334-222-0674.