Louisiana State Museum-Patterson (Wedell-Williams Aviation Museum/Cypress Sawmill Exhibits)

The Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum is the official museum for both the aviation and cypress sawmill industries in Louisiana. The Wedell-Williams Aviation Exhibit offers a glimpse into the history of the Golden Age of Aviation and pioneer airmen, Harry Williams and Jimmy Wedell, whose skilled workforce played in the development of speed aviation. Replicas of their famous race planes are on display along with other significant aircraft and memorabilia of the era. Additionally, the museum houses air racing trophies, a children’s interactive gallery and a wonderful theatre highlighting the air races of the 1930s.

The Cypress Sawmill Museum Exhibit explains the life and times of the cypress industry, the sawmill companies, their workers and the processing of the logs through artifacts, photographs, a film of this early regional industry and tools of the trade. Artifacts on display include actual cypress boats, huge cypress planks, raw timber, a log slide, spikes, pull cones and even a steam engine used to transport the timber out of the swamp. Moss gathering is also featured. In addition, the museum has a changing exhibit gallery that highlights other aspects of Louisiana’s culture and history. 


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