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The goal of the Pioneer Historical Society is to conserve and to preserve

the history of Telfair County and share this history with the public. To

help celebrate the county’s bicentennial in 2007, a Telfair Museum of

History was established It was housed in the historic freight railway

depot in Helena. Due to structural damage to the depot, the museum was moved in 2022 to the Telfair Center for the Arts. The Museum’s

collection had display sections dealing with our historic agriculture,

naval stores, and timber occupations as well as the modes of transportation utilized to sustain those endeavors. Other displays introduced the county’s communities, recreational activities including the world record

largemouth bass caught by George Perry in Telfair County’s

Montgomery Lake , Native Americans that lived in the area, and the

vanished schools, homes, and citizens of Telfair’s past. When visitors

entered the museum, they were welcomed by a special display honoring the county’s veterans, including our Medal of Honor recipient.


The new location offers the opportunity to reorganize, improve our

collection of artifacts, and increase community exposure to the history

of our area. New displays have been created and designed to be easily

changed to celebrate special county, state, or national events.

Examples of special events would be Veterans Day or the Founding of



Films are available in the museum’s DVD area, including a DVD

about Medal of Honor recipients, a commercial DVD about the quest

for the big bass, and a National Geographic special about the latest

attempts to break the largemouth bass record. The Ocmulgee River had

a major role in the development of early Telfair County river communities. Visitors may view a DVD of the Last R.A.F.T., depicting the recreation

of log rafting on the Ocmulgee River. DVDs containing the locations of

Telfair and Wheeler Counties’ grave yards, cemeteries, and family plots

as well as the names of thecitizens buried there may be purchased at the museum

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