Places I Want to Go: The Mothman Museum

The Mothman PropheciesThe Mothman Museum is in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Mothman is a large winged man who was seen by a lot of people in and around Point Pleasant in 1966 (an important year for me). I’ve been reading The Mothman Prophesies. I haven’t finished it; I don’t have any time to read, and I keep having to return it to the library. Anyway, I saw the movie. It’s interesting, and it’s interesting enough to have a museum, so I need to go see it. You can’t beat the admission price.

Adults – $3, 10 & under – $1

There’s a museum and a store.

Monday-Thursday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00 pm

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What I Did Last Summer Part 2: Alabama

Alabama Museum of Natural History

The basilosaurus is the state fossil of Alabama.

On day two of our trip, we woke up in Tupelo, Mississippi, hit the road for Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and did our first museum of the trip, the Alabama Museum of Natural History on the University of Alabama campus.

Old Alabama Geological Survey wagon and equipment

Old Alabama Geological Survey wagon and equipment, some of which belonged to Eugene Smith, the guy for which the museum building, Smith Hall, is named.

It’s a really nice museum, and we liked it even better than some of the bigger ones. It’s not a big, flashy one, but it’s classy and has lots of interesting things. It’s a beautiful building, too, Smith Hall, named for Dr. Eugene Allen Smith, an Alabama geologist who also taught at the University. I loved that they had a bunch of his old stuff, personal items and an old Geological Survey wagon and equipment like he used. He dug up a lot of the things at the museum. It was cool to find out about the guy who found the stuff.

Benjamin and Terry at the Museum

Benjamin and Terry at the Alabama Museum of Natural History

After the museum, we headed northeast about three hours to Scottsboro, Alabama to the Unclaimed Baggage Center where lost luggage from all over is collected into a store.

The Unclaimed Baggage Center

Benjamin and Terry head for the Unclaimed Baggage Center.

We found our first geocache of the trip here. I’ll give you a hint. It’s behind that sign out front. Benjamin loved this place. It was one of his favorite places that we went on this trip (along with the Lego Store and the T-Rex Cafe). It’s not just a store; it’s a tourist attraction. We didn’t find a lot, but Benjamin went nuts over their selection of DS games. It was interesting to see what all people had lost, kind of sad. I hoped none of the stuff had sentimental value for anyone, their great-grandmother gave them that purse on her deathbed kind of thing. Benjamin found an unknown object in the toy section for a dollar. We Googled the one word printed on it and found out that it was a small, working replica of a robotic arm, probably a model that a sales rep lost. So, you really can find just about anything there at any given time.

That night we drove to Georgia. We got lost. There was drama. We arrived late at Terry’s brother’s house, prepared to sleep late the next morning…

Mountain Farm Museum

Mountain Farm MuseumIf you’re over at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, drop by the Mountain Farm Museum on the Oconaluftee River. It’s a bunch of late 1800s Appalachian farm buildings and some farm animals. If you’re into that sort of antiques, it’s very nice there. What’s really cool is that it’s free; you can just walk through and look at everything.

Bee Gum Stand

Bee Gum Stand

Corn Crib

Corn Crib

National Park Service Mountain Farm Museum site

The Dinosaur Walk Museum

Dinosaur Walk Museum

Out front of the Dinosaur Walk Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The Dinosaur Walk Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee — Pigeon Forge is right next to Gatlinburg, that town where the boy named Sue fought his dad in a street of mud — doesn’t have any fossils or regular museum stuff, but the dinosaurs are life-sized and well made.

We went here first on our 2010 road trip. We have to see as many dinosaurs as possible now. These dinosaurs are all indoors, unlike some other life-sized dinosaur places, so they don’t get all weather beaten and are in good shape. Benjamin liked them; of course he liked the gift shop the best.

prehistoric sea creature

Prehistoric sea creature

Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for kids, and they’re open every day from 9 to 5. Their site is at www.dinosaurwalkmuseum.com.