A visit to Hinesville in Liberty County Georgia requires a visit to a different type of museum. The ITPA Museum at Bryant Commons is a hidden gem on the southern coast.
The large collection of vintage telephones and switchboard equipment will delight children and adults alike. My first job at age 16 was as a department store cabled switchboard operator in Connecticut. Serious I am not really THAT old but it was a great reminder of how far the industry has come… from wooden crank telephones to tiny cellular phones.
The ITPA Telephone Museum is located at Bryant Commons, a 150-acre park in the heart of Hinesville. Through a joint venture with the Bryant Family Foundation and the City of Hinesville, Bryant Commons was developed and includes an outdoor amphitheater, 15-acre fishing pond, walking trails, and more. You will also see Mr. Bryant’s beloved Lincoln sitting outside the museum. I wish I had a dollar for each person wanting to purchase it.
Visitors can also visit this location for the Small World Festival each March. This cultural event include the Colors of the World 5K, International Car Show, Global Learning Village, Children’s Storytelling Corner, arts & crafts booths, world marketplace, entertainment, international cuisine and the YMCA Field of Flags.
The museum is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday 10am – 4pm.
438 West Oglethorpe Hwy., Hinesville, GA 31313 Phone: 912-408-4872