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'There's something for everybody': Blackstock Agricultural Museum to hold open house April 5 – Northwest Georgia News

Bobby and Cheryl Blackstock.
A display of handcrafted quilts inside the Blackstock Southern Heritage Agricultural Museum.
A pair of restored farm implements are part of the display outside the Blackstock museum.
The Blackstock Museum houses items and photographs from all points of local history.
The Blackstock Southern Heritage Agricultural Museum Inc., 266 Lance Road.
Cheryl Blackstock looks at a photo of a family homeplace that used to stand near the current property that houses her agricultural museum.
The Blackstock Museum is full of locally acquired and donated items that represent different periods of Gordon County history.
Along with local historically significant items, the museum has room to host local groups and school children for events.
A whole host of farm implements now reside on the Blackstock Museum property.
The museum boasts not only items with local significance, but also for the entire state.
The walls of the Blackstock Museum are lined with dozens of agricultural-related items.
Along with farm equipment and other memorabilia, the museum also houses musical instruments including an organ and automatic piano.
Blackstock Southern Heritage Agricultural Museum sign at 266 Lance Road.

Calhoun Times managing editor
Bobby and Cheryl Blackstock.
A display of handcrafted quilts inside the Blackstock Southern Heritage Agricultural Museum.
A pair of restored farm implements are part of the display outside the Blackstock museum.
The Blackstock Museum houses items and photographs from all points of local history.
The Blackstock Southern Heritage Agricultural Museum Inc., 266 Lance Road.
Cheryl Blackstock looks at a photo of a family homeplace that used to stand near the current property that houses her agricultural museum.
The Blackstock Museum is full of locally acquired and donated items that represent different periods of Gordon County history.
Along with local historically significant items, the museum has room to host local groups and school children for events.
A whole host of farm implements now reside on the Blackstock Museum property.
The museum boasts not only items with local significance, but also for the entire state.
The walls of the Blackstock Museum are lined with dozens of agricultural-related items.
Along with farm equipment and other memorabilia, the museum also houses musical instruments including an organ and automatic piano.
Blackstock Southern Heritage Agricultural Museum sign at 266 Lance Road.
Gordon County has a rich agricultural history, an industry that continues to be a vital economic factor even today.
Officially opening its doors in January, the Blackstock Southern Heritage Agricultural Museum, 266 Lance Road, looks to preserve pieces of that history.
The idea of Cheryl and Bobby Blackstock, the museum began taking shape back in 2010, and the current building was constructed in 2016.
Now both retired, the Blackstocks wanted to bring more visitors to the area and offer local history education to Gordon County residents as well.
“We’ve always enjoyed traveling,” Cheryl said, adding that her and Bobby got the idea for a museum while organizing trips for seniors at Antioch Baptist Church over the years. “Tourism is a win-win.”
The couple aims to not only showcase local history, but to also help remind folks where their food comes from, and plans to welcome all types of groups to their facility.
“We welcome educational programs for all ages — including dementia and Alzheimer’s facilities — motor coach and church tour groups and assisted living,” Cheryl Blackstock said. “It’s basically for anybody who likes history of any kind.”
With over a century’s worth of items on display, a good portion of the tools are from Bobby’s side of the family, received when his parents passed away in 2012. The property the museum sits on is from Cheryl’s side of the family.
The museum building now sits not far from where Cheryl’s mother Vernell Phipps Moreland was born — though the house is no longer there.
The 80 by 40 foot building showcases items mostly from between 1900 and 2000.
“There’s something for everybody,” Bobby said.
Outside the museum building is a display of various farm implements, including a couple of fully restored pieces.
A non-profit 501 (c)(3), the museum offers annual memberships at the rate of $50 per person, with all donations going to the completion of the museum itself.
With plenty of parking for buses and cars, the Blackstocks hope to begin welcoming visitors soon, and will host an open house at the property on April 5.
For more information contact Bobby or Cheryl by calling 706-537-1371 or 706-581-2124, or by email at [email protected].

Calhoun Times managing editor
Blake Silvers is managing editor of the Calhoun Times.
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