Holmes Medical Museum will be closed for Hurricane Sally repairs
Artifacts rescued, Foundation seeks donations to pay deductable
Due to extensive roof damage and water infiltration, from Hurricane Sally, the Holmes Medical Museum in Foley will be closed until further notice, said museum director Bill Swanson.
“Almost all of the Museum artifacts were rescued, but the building damage was significant,’’ Swanson said. “Most of the repairs will be covered by insurance, but the Museum Foundation does have a large portion to cover the deductible. Any and all donations would be appreciated to get our hospital museum back up and open.
Donations can be mailed to South Baldwin Museum Foundation; PO Box 546; Foley AL 36535, call 608-206-1016, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the museum’s facebook page.
Located near the corner of Hwy. 59 and Hwy. 98, Holmes Medical Museum is Baldwin County’s first hospital, which served the community from 1936-1958. Many of the items on display are the original medical artifacts including surgical instruments, operating room machinery and a human skeleton. The interior of the museum (pictured) is practically unchanged from the time it served as the area’s first hospital, and it is located above a still-working drugstore. Visitors can stroll through the operating room and patient rooms of the four-bed hospital. Steel tools used to pinch, poke, and prod are laid out in cases and and on stark metal trays.