Fridays at the museum

Operators hard at work

submitted by Gweneth Collins

“Miss Sally, can you get me Aunt Maggie?”

Ah, the telephone… it’s come a long way from the crank phone, the days of multiple party lines, and rotary dials.

Washington County Historical Society’s Museum has an excellent display of telephones from the past – from cute to high tech. The museum is also very happy to have two different types of switchboards from Chipley’s original telephone office.  With a little advance notice, Museum member Chris Duncan will be glad to give a demonstration on switchboard operations.

One of the switchboards at the museum

The “Telephone” collection also includes rotary phone number stands, an assortment of headsets, and lots of Southern Bell Pioneer memorabilia.  Photos of former operators are prominently featured.

In 2019, the museum hosted a reception for the “Southern Bell ‘Belles’”.  Over forty former operators, administrators, repair men and other folks enjoyed spending time together reminiscing about the old days at Southern Bell.

Spring 2019, Southern Bell “Belles” at their reception at the museum

The museum is open on Fridays from 9AM until 1PM.  We continue to practice social distancing and masks are required.  Sanitizing continues.  “Ring us up” some Friday and view the collection.

If you would like more information about the museum, please contact Museum Director Dorothy Odom at 638-0358.