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Loretto History Museum

The Passarella family came down from up north and established the telephone company in Loretto, Tennessee. LorettoTel operated until The SkyBest Company acquired it. The museum has many collectibles and antiques from when ladies on a switchboard controlled the telephone. The Loretto History Museum was the best way to honor the legend who brought the communication of the telephone to us in southern Lawrence County.

The Loretto History Museum Section 1

From the time you enter through the door, you will see the telephone station where the station made the patches. Here, ladies would patch you through and connect your call once you dialed the operator. There are also phone booths and payphone stations that are rare today. Many kids have never seen equipment like this, so seeing the old rotary dials and the different equipment will help them know the history of the telephone service. There are military uniforms and a desk where old store owners would write in the ledger to keep the books. Haircut stations and a place to get your shoes fitted and shined are located in the middle and back of the museum. The period wigs and hats of the 1920s to 1960s were the golden age of hats, and the Big Red Store was said to have the best in the south, so see their page here! The Big Red Store also made caskets, and the Loretto History Museum has the first caskets made here and a testament to the Loretto Casket Factory just north of the museum. In the very back is a kid's sample room of items and toys from long ago. All these items will give a person of experience a nostalgic remembrance of their former years and a child the context of those who have preceded them! 

Loretto History Museum Section 2

Section 2 of the museum is where you will find a new category of unique antiques! There are more home d├ęcor items and playtime equipment like a record player jukebox with automated playing. A pinball machine with the arms that keep the ball in play. Just up from them are the items the early German settlers would use when they came into Loretto and built the old Catholic Church. The ice cream soda fountain is iconic for the bar stool seating, many hoses that would supply the carbonation, and the many drawers that would keep topping or mix-ins to add to the beverage. Many kids today have never seen anything like these bar stooled soda stations, so make sure to bring them by. There is also a soda station at The Big Red Store in Appleton that was said to be the fanciest soda station in the south that you can see here. The cooking section is neat with the old pans and cast iron cooking stove. There is even a selection of old vacuum cleaners and an old scoreboard that sports fan really like to see.

See More Loretto Sights

There is more in Loretto, and the above gallery is just a few of the things you can see. The old Catholic Church is a neat opportunity to see, and inside is a spectacular scene with ornate wood carvings and stained glass windows, a real treat for those who enjoy these old churches. The Loretto events are neat so see the Loretto Lift Up Facebook page for updates and upcoming events so that you can plan your itinerary with the inclusion of these events! 

Schedule Your Time Slot For Your Tour!

Sometimes the traffic is light, and the volunteers opening the museums may need a heads up about your arrival. Make sure to guarantee your time and date by letting them know a few days beforehand that you are coming to see them. You can even book months in advance or for larger groups of people. We selected 10 persons as a cut-off because if more than 10 persons attend the museum, it can get crowded, and you won't be able to enjoy your experience as much as you would like.  

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