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Step back in time at museum
Treasures of Midway
Matt Norsworthy
Have you ever gone somewhere and immediately felt like you have just traveled back in time to a different era? That's the feeling visitors get when they step onto the grounds of the Midway Museum. It transports you back to the colonial days of Midway.
Visitors can stroll through eight acres of oaks and gardens, and tour various structures and sites.
The museum, located in the center of Midway's Historic District, is a beautiful, white, three-story building of wood siding and tabby chimneys.
Numerous artifacts, documents and records lend insight into the history of the Midway Congregational Church and Society, Liberty County and the birth of our nation.
Curator Joann Clark said a recent visitor told her he had stayed in Savannah for a week, but felt he had learned more in one day at the Midway Museum than in the entire week in Savannah.
Because of the vast history of Midway and the surrounding areas, the museum has collected more items than its current buildings can hold.
Surprisingly, the Midway Museum receives no governmental funding for a resource so rich in this country's history. Yet, two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence — Lyman Hall and Button Gwinnett — were from St. John's Parish, which is now Liberty County.
The money the museum receives through donations and grants simply covers the cost of maintaining the grounds and the museum at a minimal level.
Otis Amason, chairman of the museum's board, said he is constantly looking for sources of financial support through grants and individual supporters to help sustain and expand the museum.  
“Professors and historians are always surprised at the fact that this museum receives no financial support from any government bodies, local, state or federal,” Amason said. “I’m having to start turning away artifacts that are brought to the museum because I simply do not have any more space to safely keep them.”
Anyone interested in making a donation may contact the museum.
The museum is open to visitors from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 2-4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Mondays and holidays.
Guided tours of the museum grounds are offered and staff can direct you to self-guided tours of the nearby Midway Church and Midway Cemetery.

Norsworthy is an English professor, a Liberty County Historical and Cultural Committee member and serves as the Midway representative on the Coastal Regional Development Center’s Historic Preservation Advisory Council.
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