Those who visit the museum take a glimpse into the past of Henry County.
“At the museum, we exhibit artifacts that were found on the farm during the archaeological survey in 2007,” said Bill Dodd, a coordinator of the museum. “Several artifacts from Henry and Clayton were found. The main battle that we celebrate was the Calvary action Aug. 18 to 22 of 1864. On Aug. 20 was when they were here at Lovejoy.”
Before the museum was opened in 2011, the land was acquired by Henry County.
“Henry County bought the Nash Farm Park in 2005,” Dodd said. “The master plan for the park included having a museum on the property.”
Initially, the museum was focused on modern military, but in 2010, that was relocated to the Veteran’s Wall in Heritage Park.
Once it was relocated, space was made for what the museum has become today.
“Once the building was vacated, we started clearing out and setting up the original Nash House,” said Dodd. “We started setting up the area to display the civil war artifacts and the civil war history that took place in the park and general area.”
Additionally, those museum patrons can learn more about what life was like in Henry County during the 1860s from period style clothing on display as well as research in the civil war library, discover their genealogy and observe Native American artifacts from those who used to live in the Henry and Clayton counties.
Contents of the museum prove to be interesting and engaging, as the museum garners an average of 200 visitors in a month and 6,000 people in one year.
The numbers of those who visit the museum, according to Dodd, do fluctuate depending on if events are held.
For the future, Dodd said new exhibits will continue to cycle in, as they do periodically throughout the year.