The Pearl River and Honey Island Swamp Museum opened its doors to the public July 7, with more than 100 guests visiting the museum by noon, said volunteer chairperson Ruby Gauley.
“The reviews were very good, the exhibits were found to be educational and interesting, and visitors enjoyed seeing old friends and neighbors and discussing the new history they learned,” Gauley said.
Helping to share the local history on the museum’s first opening to the public were museum project director Tammi Fandal, who served as a docent to narrate exhibits and answer questions about the local history.
Bob and Jewel Moore fielded questions beside the railroad, trains and logging exhibits; and Jo Lynn Mcqueen helped answer questions about the school exhibits and assisted visitors around the museum.
Other volunteers on opening day included Boo Fandal, Kevin Gauley, Heather Benton and Aimee Reid. Hillary Nelson and Ryan Parnell made videos of museum photographs to play all day, said Gauley.
Local residents are encouraged to visit the museum, and volunteer opportunities are available. Exhibits will change regularly, Gauley said.
The museum, located across the street from the Pearl River Town Hall at 39127 Highway 41 Spur, is now open every Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

A grand opening will be held in the fall.
For more information, call the museum at 985.863.5040

Drivers are reminded that St. Tammany Parish Public Schools opened Wednesday and school zones will be in effect and enforced. Local school addresses, school hours and phone numbers are:

'Cranes, ' is the latest sculpture by artist-in-residence Manfred Schexnayder at Creekside Junior High in Pearl River.

Creekside Junior High School, 65434 Highway 41, begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. The office phone number is 985.863.5882.

Little Pearl Elementary, 63829 US 11, begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 3:21 p.m.; call the school at 985.863.5906.

Pearl River High School, 39190 Rebel Lane, begins at 7:25 a.m. and ends at 2:41 p.m. The school’s phone number is 985.863.2591.

Riverside Elementary School, 38480 Sullivan Drive, begins at 8:17 a.m. and concludes at 3:31 p.m. The office number is 985.863.3141.

Sixth Ward Elementary, 72360 Highway 41, begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. To reach the school, call 985.863.7124.