My Visit to the Isabel Comer Museum, in Sylacauga, brought back a number of pleasant
I grew up about 20 miles from the museum, in Talladega. While I was on my high school track
team, we competed in meets at the stadium across the street from the museum. Back then, I
believe the building was called the B. B. Comer Library.
The Isabel A. Comer Museum was opened in 1982 and is named for its founder, Mrs. Isabel Anderson Comer, who conceived the idea in 1977. Prior to becoming a museum, the building was a public library. The dark area on the floor in the foyer shows the location of the check-out desk.
The paintings and sculptures in the foyer are from the museum's permanent collection. Other paintings from our permanent collection are also on display in our galleries when there is no featured exhibit on view.
Sylacauga is known as "The Marble City", because its marble is the hardest and whitest in the world. That is why Giuseppe Moretti, a famous Italian sculptor, chose Sylacauga marble for his sculptures. In the display case, you will see one-of-a-kind sculpture samples of his work, along with the work of his student, and talented assistant, Geneva Mercer, and contemporary sculptors, Frank Fleming and Craigger Browne.
The Native Sons Gallery features three prominent graduates of Sylacauga High School. The displays offer many awards and distinguished honors they received through their years of service and dedication to their country.
Jim Nabors, a native of Sylacauga and a 1947 graduate of Sylacauga High School, was featured in many musical programs in the high school's Glee Club, thus beginning his very successful singing career. Jim was first seen on TV in the Andy Griffith Show and later the Gomer Pyle Show. The second floor of the museum hosts a collection of memorabilia of Jim including: photographs, caricatures, news clippings, albums, costumes, trophies and awards, spanning the entertainer's career from high school to theater and television.
Lieutenant General James W. Crysel of the United States Army and William Flynt Nichols, Congressman for Alabama are also featured in this gallery.
Gallery 4, History through Photography, hosts World War II Memorabilia and old photographs of Sylacaugans and scenes from Sylacauga's past. Bound volumes of old local newspapers, dating back to 1948, are available for visitors to pursue.
Archeology and Geology displays Indian artifacts and other interesting archeological finds, many of which were unearthed in archeological digs in Talladega County.
Sylacauga made the news as the site of the first documented case of an object from outer space hitting a person. On November 30, 1954, a 4 kg piece of what became known as the Hodges Meteorite, crashed through the roof of an Oak Grove house, bounced off a radio, and badly bruised Mrs. Ann Hodges. A replica of this meteorite and a written documentation of the incident of 1954 are on display.
The Lower Level hosts The Pioneer Home. A simulated log cabin, tools from pioneer days, old store ledgers, antique glassware, late 1800 dresses, and a doll house built and completely furnished by Dr. Adams, are housed in the multi-functional lower level of the museum. Civil War Memorabilia, including a Confederate Uniform, old photographs, and items from Sylacauga's past can also be viewed on this level. The outermost portion of the room is reserved for art classes and meetings.
ADMISSION IS FREE!
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Isabel A. Comer Museum
711 North Broadway
Sylacauga, Alabama 35150