From Ray Guy’s jersey or an exhibit on Ty Cobb for sports fans to Native American artifacts and much in between, a variety of items and exhibits area available for viewing, at no charge, at the McDuffie Museum.

The museum has now reopened. The museum closed last June as the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered many restaurants and businesses across the country.

It is now open on Fridays, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

McDuffie 150th Celebration books are available for purchase at the museum. In April and May of 2020, attendance was falling short of what it had been in 2019 before the pandemic. The museum however did still open for several group special events such as a Veterans Day reception and a few club meetings throughout the remainder of 2020.

Lewis Smith, director of the museum, said 90 percent of the visitors to the museum are from out of town. Now that the museum has reopened, he encourages local people who have never visited to come see what McDuffie Museum has to offer.

Smith said a person representing the website Vanishing Georgia visited the museum while working on a tourism resource report several years ago and said this was “the best small museum in the state of Georgia.”

“We have some great things in here,” Smith said.

What can be found in the McDuffie Museum?

There is a complete history of McDuffie County’s namesake, Edgar Thomson. There is also a uniform worn by Thomson native Ret. Gen. Dwayne Patrick. Nearby is Ray Guy’s football jersey. There is a uniform for another Thomson resident who was a WASP, one of the women pilots. There is a Ty Cobb exhibit.

“We got it right during The Masters and we will have it until maybe the World Series,” Smith said.

If you want to learn more about Sen. Tom Watson, Blind Willie McTell, or James Brown information is all on display at the McDuffie Museum. There are an assortment of artifacts representing Native American Indians, World War II, and closer to home — the Wrightsboro community, Knox Homes and the Thomson Company.

“We’ve got a nice exhibit on Wrightsboro,” Smith explained.