The Good Old Days Museum opened April 1st and Saturday April 2nd, 2022. We have made many changes to most of our displays. If you decide to visit this Friday or Saturday you probably will find us still hard at work to make our information as up-to-date as possible. If you are new to the area or have grown up in the area and you want to know more about the local history then this is the place for that information. Hours will be 9am to 4pm each day. We ask for a $3 donation if you are 18 years and older. If you are eight to seventeen we ask for a $2 donation. Any child younger than eight will be allowed in for free. If you are not familiar with Soddy-Daisy we are located at 11298 Wall Street in the old section of Soddy. We are in the 101 year old Soddy Bank. By the way, if you have any old Soddy, Daisy, Mowbray or Flattop Mountain photos or historical items bring it by the museum, we would love to see them. If you are looking for a place to leave them instead of throwing the items in the trash we would love to have them to save. Hope to see you soon!
SPRING 2022 EVENTS
July 2nd is coming up very soon. At Soddy Lake will be baseball games both boys and girls. There will be a car show on the old highway with arts, crafts and food along the walking track. The Good Old Days Museum will open our normal Friday and Saturday hours 9am to 4pm. We will offer moon pies or ice cream to all of our visitors to eat as they walk through the museum. An interesting story about the Moon Pie. in the mid 1910's a salesman for Chattanooga Bakery, maker of the now infamous Moon Pie, was in a coal mining town in the Chattanooga area. We at the museum like to think they were in Soddy but we are not sure. Anyway, the salesman asked the miners sitting around a pot bellied stove to keep warm, what kind of cake or pie would they like to have that was different from anything made at the time. One miner held his hands up and said, "he would like something as big as the moon" Yet another said, "he would like to have something made of chocolate and marsh mellow filling." So the salesman went back to the bakery and told his boss what the miners had suggested and the Moon Pie was born. Now not only is it in the traditional chocolate flavor but there are now vanilla, banana and strawberry flavors. John Campbell, owner of Chattanooga Bakery, has donated Moon Pies for us to give away to all visitors who come to visit the museum on July 2nd. Another thing of interest. In the years between 1911 and up until 1929 when the Soddy Coal mines were controlled by Durham Coal & Iron, on July 4th the company would have shipped to Soddy gallons of ice cream. The delicacy was placed along the platform of the Rathburn (Soddy) Railroad Depot for the entire community to get as much ice cream as they wanted on that one special day. The ice cream was in metal containers inside wooden kegs and inside the kegs the container of ice cream was surrounded by ice to keep the ice cream from melting.
OUR BUSINESS MEETINGS
Monthly meetings are no longer every month. We have meetings in February, April, June, August, and October, ever other month. We have a meeting for Board Members only in December to go over the years accomplishments, areas for improvement and what we hope to do in the upcoming new year. Meetings are normally held at the Stuart Heights Baptist Church in Soddy-Daisy unless a different location is given. The meetings begin at 6:30pm. We encourage members of the Soddy, Daisy & Montlake Historical Association and the general public to attend.