The Houston Memorial Library and Museum is located in Athens, Alabama. George Houston was the governor of Alabama and a US senator.
George Houston died in the 1870’s. In the 1930’s, Houston’s family donated his house and property to the city of Athens. The property was freely given, with the stipulation the city would create a library and museum.
The museum was filled with historical documents, books, and various artifacts. I always enjoyed visiting, because I would find something I missed during my prior visit. I also loved the atmosphere of rooms filled with old books and their smell permeating throughout the house.
Unfortunately, the building was not properly maintained. The house is no longer safe for the public to visit, so the city closed the Houston Museum and Library last year.
I am not optimistic about their plans. The sign says it is, “Indefinitely and temporally closed for renovations,” which makes me cringe on so many levels.