So he gathered more than 50,000 objects and created this museum in 1916 to house it all. The building itself is pretty interesting; it's all concrete. Even the window panes are separated with concrete. Because he used fireproof concrete, the museum isn't heated, so you'll have to keep your coat on in the winter.
Mercer created nooks throughout the museum, some no bigger than a closet. Mercer grouped like items into individual rooms, including one for guns, another for old-time doctor tools and one for hatmaking. There's also big items like the gallows and a canoe. In several corners of the museum you'll find sculptures like the ones above. They were used as advertisements in front of cigar stores, since illiteracy was widespread at the time.
The museum's vast collection and unusual building makes it interesting for all ages. Admission is $9, $8 for seniors and $4 for kids.
[Photos: Jennifer Kester for Jaunted]