The Philadelphia-Neshoba County Historical Museum has anything and everything connected to Neshoba County. From a room dedicated to Marty Stuart, to artifacts from the Neshoba County Fair, to a history of how the city and county came to be, museum curator Steven Stubbs says that you won't leave without learning a great deal about the area.
"Its history, its people, its development; all the way from the Indian days all the way to the days today."
One of the most popular exhibits showcases artifacts from Neshoba County veterans dating all the way back to the Civil War, and progressing through both World Wars, Vietnam, and the fight in the Middle East. Stubbs believes the personal connection to a war hero raised in the home is what attracts so many to the military room.
"The fact that the Joseph Fields Family owned this home and he was a war hero in World War II, and he was born and reared in this home, I think it adds a lot of history and culture to it."
A restored Neshoba County Fair cabin opened today and is the newest addition to the museum, and many people feel that it's important to have it there since the fair is such an integral part of the county.
"Come to this museum and look. You'll see a lot of Neshoba County Fair history. This room is dedicated to horse racing, but the rest of the cabin is dedicated to other parts of the Neshoba County Fair," said Charles Therrell who raced and later called the horse races at the Neshoba County Fair.
In just the last 22 months the fee-free museum has attracted visitors from 23 states and 5 foreign countries.