Travel back in history to 60 million years ago. See fossils from the Claiborne Bluff. Native American artifacts, steamboat replicas and artifacts.
The River Heritage Museum has exhibits of Monroe County Native American Life and Culture. Projectile points (commonly called arrowheads) and pottery shards are found in Monroe County every year in plowed fields and creek beds. There are hundreds of Native American sites in the area – camp sites, kill sites, and village sites. After excavation and documentation by archeologists, artifacts from the site of the present Claiborne Lock and Dam were donated by R. B. Williams, III, former owner of the land.
The museum’s collection spans thousands of years from pre-history tribes to the Creek Indians who were located in Monroe County until the Removal of 1834 by President Andrew Jackson, better known as the Trail of Tears.
The exhibit displays tools, clothing, and weapons traditionally used by these Native Americans.