Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Lowndes County Historical Museum?
The museum aims to collect, preserve, and educate the public on the history of Lowndes County, Georgia. We are a non-profit organization, free to the public that provides two floors of museum exhibit space detailing many aspects of Lowndes County’s history. Additionally, the museum has an extensive archive that contains photographs, genealogical information, maps, city directories, and many other records of Lowndes County residents, businesses and entities, both past and present.
What is the cost of membership to the Lowndes County Historical Society?
Annual membership for the society costs $10 for students, $25 for individuals, $30 for families, $50 to $100 for contributors, $200 for patrons and $1000 for life memberships. Membership includes invitations to all museum-sponsored events, and receipt of our quarterly newsletter. We greatly appreciate the support of our members.
Where is the museum located?
The museum is located in the former Carnegie Library at 305 West Central Avenue, Valdosta, GA 31601. For specific directions, we can be reached at 229-247-4780.
What are the museum’s hours?
We are open by appointment only.
Special hours are observed for holidays, which are posted in the quarterly newsletter or here on the website.
What is the admission charge?
The museum is free to the public.
Does the museum have any special accessibility provisions?
Although there are steps leading to the front door, we have an easy-access service door at street level and elevator for those unable to use the steps. The street-level door is located on the eastern side of the museum on the street that runs beside.
Where should one park?
Parking is available in several locations. The street that runs alongside the museum to the east (formerly Briggs Street) is available for street parking, there is also a parking lot across Central Avenue from the museum that may be used.
Are appointments required?
We welcome walk-in visitors, but we ask that groups such as school classes call in advance to set up an appointment. Researchers may also find that quicker access to archive materials can be had by calling a few days to a week in advance. This allows us to have the specific records more readily available when the researcher arrives, and insures that your visit does not conflict with a scheduled event.
Are my children allowed to visit the museum unattended?
We welcome children, but for the safety of all parties and the artifacts housed in the exhibits, we do not permit children to visit the museum unaccompanied by an adult.