Ringing Up An Interest

Published 6:00 pm Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Field trips and one-day excursions aren’t just for students.Active older adults enjoy the outings, too.

And regardless of the age, the Lincoln County Historical andGenealogical Museum and B’nai Sholom Jewish Heritage Museum wantsto serve as a welcoming destination for all. Such was the caseTuesday as a church group of senior citizens found their way to themuseum and Homeseekers Paradise.

“We’re having a great time in your city,” said Beth Dennis asshe and other members of Pocahontas Baptist Church’s Pathfindersgroup inspected items on display at the county’s historymuseum.

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The trip to the history museum wrapped up a day that sawPathfinders enjoy a tour of the Military Memorial Museum and lunchat Poppa’s Fish House.

For group leader Mary Roberts, one highlight was her first timeto ride the train. The group from the small community on Highway 49north of Jackson caught the train in the capital city Tuesdaymorning and rode into Brookhaven.

“I loved it,” Roberts said.

Roberts was already considering another trip to accommodatethose who may have been working Tuesday and unable to come.

“We’d like to do it again next year,” Roberts said.

The Pocahontas Pathfinders were one of the first groups to cometo Brookhaven with the specific goal of seeing the history museum,which opened in mid-March. Historical society President Rita Richwas expecting more groups, of varying ages, to follow.

“I’m sure we’ll have children’s groups later on,” said Rich,citing testing and other educational activities currently going inschools.

Rich was pleased the museum is able to attract tour groups. Shetouted the economic impact such visits can have on thecommunity.

“This is like economic development, as well as the historical(aspect),” Rich said. “When people come to Brookhaven, they see themuseum, eat, and if they have time, shop.”

Rich indicated the brief day trips and the like are part of acurrent trend to promote tourism and capitalize on its economicimpact.

“People are looking for one-day trips where they can eat,sight-see, do whatever they have time for, and go back home,” Richsaid.