Owner welcomes Bobcats to take senior pictures at Memory Lane Museum
By Haley Schichtl
Jerry Tanksley, owner of Memory Lane Museum in Berryville, is putting together an indoor Bobcat “football field” after the Berryville School District donated an old basketball scoreboard.
“Teenagers who are graduating high school can come down and take their senior pictures,” Tanksley said. “It would be a good place for them, and unique, and set up for the school.”
The doors of the little building are painted Berryville’s school colors, purple and gold, and the inside holds the scoreboard and other Bobcat memorabilia.
“My grandson is a football player, and he turned 15 years old the other day. They had a party in here the other night for him,” Tanksley said.
He said the room is not completely done yet; he plans to add carpet to look like turf on a football field.
Although he is originally from Marked Tree, Tanksley has lived in Carroll County for 53 years, and he wants to preserve old things from the area.
“I got most of it pretty close, I never went much more than 150 miles and found all this,” Tanksley said.
Tanksley’s museum, which consists of several buildings making up a small old “town,” includes a post office, a barber shop, a diner and more. He said he has been collecting old signs, toys and other memorabilia from the 1920s-1960s for around 13 years, and he opened the museum up about seven years ago. He said he does it to help draw tourists to town.
“I’ve had people from overseas, they’ve come from Germany, England and Australia and come see my museum and about everybody goes wild over this place,” Tanksley said. “They’ve just never seen so much stuff in one spot!”
One of the things Tanksley is most proud of having at his museum is his Pontiac, which he bought from Raymond Corporation in Berryville 50 years ago and still drives today.
Tanksley said the museum is open all year round, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is located at 645 Highway 62.