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Preserving History in Vernon

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There's a lot of history in Vernon that's just about to be showcased in a new museum. For the past couple of months crews have been working at remodeling the old jail in town into a historical museum.

Preston Cary is so captivated with Vernon's history that he collects everything he can find about it and now that includes a jail.

"There's hardly any business that you can ask me about that I don't have any type of artifact or memorabilia from," he said.

What he's doing with each piece of memorabilia is sharing it with the rest of the community.

"With the way it's built we can turn different rooms into different businesses the whole museum is about the history of Vernon and all the businesses in Vernon from the 1880s on up."

When you take a walk through the bottom floor it will be like walking through a Vernon time capsule, only it will feel like you're in jail. The jail cells will be filled with artifacts and pictures. One area will resemble a bank another an old Vernon grocery store.

On the top floor is where you'll find most of the jail cells. He'll liven it up with special touches while at the same time still keeping true to its former purpose.

"It's going to answer a lot of questions for people," he said. "Those that are always arguing what was where and when and all of that stuff will be in the museum."

"You'd be surprised how many people are interested, probably a lot more local people are interested in that but when out-of-towners come they'll find it pretty interesting too," said Dan Kelleher, Director, Vernon Main Street.

Preston Cary plans on opening it up to the public for free in June. It's through hotel occupancy tax money that the museum is able to get built. There's another museum that's also in the works in Vernon. That's the Jack Teagarden museum, it will focus on the life of the jazz trombonist.

Preston has a book out that people can purchase at Yesterday's Antiques in Vernon about the history of the town.

 

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.

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