The Lamont Museum opened in 2000 after Mike Cook refurbished the old bank building that he bought in 1997. After buying the building for storage and a rental business that housed an apartment upstairs and the Lamont Post Office downstairs until the new post office was finished being built.
Mike’s interest in antiques and his involvement in the community inspired him to open up the building into a make-shift museum for an upcoming Sesquicentennial Lamont celebration in 2000. The museum has now become Mike’s hobby and a place for community history.
Refurbishing the old building required restoring the old oak woodwork though out the building, repair and painting the old ceiling on the lower level of the bank. The old bank vault still works and required little repair to it. The upstairs apartment required remodeling to bring it up to date with new carpet and paint in order to bring in new tenants, which now houses 3 rooms to the museum.
Though community donations of items related to the community and the individuals who lived in Lamont, the museum has become the home of Lamont’s history.
There are many pictures dated back as far as 1910 of the hustle and bustle of a celebration on the main street, class pictures of children in front of the school, and homes that are still present though out the town. Old record books and post cards are kept save in the old bank vault along with old china donated by community members.
The upstairs hallway is lined with the pictures of community members who served our county in the military, along with a room designated to St Mary’s Catholic Church and an old school room where you can see Starmont’s 1st band uniform. There are horse drawn equipment, old tools, and petroleum signs hanging on the wall.
This museum is a “must-see” building that reflects the original heart of one of the finest buildings built in Lamont that lets you walk back though the decades of Lamont’s history and witness the inspiration of community members who volunteer to keep Lamont alive.
Copied from 3 Star News
Friday November 13, 2009