Historical finds at Spanish Fort could help launch a new museum
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) – It’s a town known for its history, and now Spanish Fort Mayor Mike McMillan wants to make sure the history is preserved.
“A lot of things are found. When we were building this site, we found things. We’ve collected them over the years, old artifacts. We want to see where we can post them,” he said on Monday.
City leaders are asking residents for their thoughts on establishing a museum to showcase some of the artifacts found at the Spanish fort over the years. Artifacts from the American Civil War and the American Revolutionary War have been found in parts of the city, but McMillan believes there are still artifacts discovered to this day.
“You know where the battles took place. Many things have been found. Many people found them and said nothing. That’s the kind of stuff we’d like to find. If we can donate it to the city, they could still own it. We would just keep them to themselves and show them, display them and build the legacy of what we have,” McMillan said.
If the city went ahead with a museum, it would start small inside the community center.
Perhaps the biggest find of recent years is a mysterious 8ft, 1200lb cannon. It was discovered by a resident in an undisclosed area of Spanish Fort. The Florida Office of Archaeological Resources in Tallahassee researched and restored the cannon before it returned to the East Coast several weeks ago. He will soon welcome visitors to the town hall.
“It’s a mystery. No one knows the date, the origin, how it got here,” McMillan added.
If you have historical objects that have been found in the city and would like to get involved in a possible museum, you are advised to contact the town hall.