Up on the roof


One of our major projects over the past year at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum has been the completion of the pavilion and “green roof” which is receiving wide acclaim from preservationist and “green” groups across the region.  The project demonstrates what can be accomplished when the community and university work together for a common goal


Partnering with the Landscape Architecture Department and the Architecture Departments at the university, the donation of a portion of a vintage gas station has become a pavilion topped off by a beautiful low-maintenance garden which provides visitors a bird’s eye view of the city and the university.  But for the vision of the museum board and university personnel, the pavilion would be in some landfill.

Personally, since I’m having issues with heights, I haven’t made it all the way to the top yet, but one of these days…..  Thanks to Bill Poe, the lead photo was snapped this week as the garden, planted last fall, got all dressed up in its spring finery.

The museum has continued to receive national recognition and awards for its unique additions to a turn of the century train depot which houses antiquities from Oktibbeha County. . Special thanks to Cory Gallo, a professor in the Landscape Architecture Department who assigned several of his classes to plan and complete the project.

Visitors are welcome to climb the spiral staircase to the skyway for a closer view. The museum is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 until 4 pm, or by appointment by calling 662-323-0211.

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