Alumni & Friends of Semmes School, Inc. was formed in 1992 to preserve the 1902 one room Semmes School as a living history museum.
Joseph (Gene) Shumock was elected president and this began the nine year journey of restoration of the school and the building of a replica of Mount Pleasant church which is located on this site. Mount Pleasant Church was renamed Semmes First Baptist and a new church built on its present site.
The dedication ceremony for Semmes Heritage Park took place May 5, 2001. The next phase began with the offering of living history school field trips, tours, and historical events. Historical events include the Old Fashioned Christmas, Camellia Festival and Heritage Day 2003.
May 2, 2011 the town of Semmes became the City of Semmes.
A new era began for Semmes Heritage Park in 2022 when the park became a City of Semmes Park.
The first Heritage day since the park became a city Park was May 6, 2023. It was a great success. There was even a chuck wagon where visitors could purchase a bowl of chicken and dumplings, corn bread, sausage biscuit, and pie all cooked the old fashion way over a camp fire. Needless to say, the chicken and dumplings where sold out quickly.
Below are a sprinkling of the Heritage Day Activities. Photos are by Liz Lovelady, City of Semmes Events. You may see more on the City of Semmes Facebook.
Preserving our History