KDS DAR School "Heritage Hall" Museum

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The Pennsylvania Log Cabin on the campus of KDS DAR School was built over two days in 1935 in one of Alabama’s last old fashioned “house raisings”.  Over the years, it has served as the school library and Administrative Office, and is one of the region’s most significant architectural landmarks.

This historic treasure is now home to the KDS DAR School Heritage Hall Museum.  The museum houses artifacts and memorabilia integral to the founding of the school and the history of the community.

A central display in the museum is the new KDS historic timeline.  The timeline spans 112 years, beginning in 1906, and features events central to the founding of the school, its early years, prominent individuals who played a part in the school being located on Gunter Mountain, and significant happenings in the school and community through today.

Additional items of interest in the museum are antiques, school memorabilia, quilts, personal objects of Kate Duncan Smith, photos, and local genealogical materials.

The museum is open to visitors Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is closed Wednesday and Sunday. For tours outside these hours, call 256-728-4236 to schedule an appointment.

In order to maintain a safe environment for visitors and staff and to ensure compliance with state and federal guidelines for social distancing, visitors are encouraged to wear a mask. Attendance is limited to no more than 8 visitors at one time.  Admission is free.