Marengo County History & Archives Museum was established from a need for a museum and archives in Marengo County that will tell of the history, culture, and the people of Marengo County and their contributions to society, including the Native American, French, African American, Jewish, and European communities.
Demopolis was destined for commercial success and a diverse population due to its location in the fork of the Black Warrior and the Tombigbee rivers. Founded by the French in 1817, they created a spirited town that welcomed European merchants and American planters from states all up and down the eastern seaboard.
The Museum was originally the home of Merchants Grocery. Built in 1895, the building had the first elevator in Demopolis. Bert and Mary Louise Rosenbush purchased the building in 1970 and fully restored it for their furniture store. Rosenbush Furniture began on Washington Street in 1895 with Julius Rosenbush, grandfather of Bert, and was the oldest family-owned furniture store in Alabama when Bert and Louise retired in 2002. They gifted the building to the City of Demopolis for use as a museum.
Demopolis, founded by the French in 1817, was a diverse and thriving town due to its location in the fork of the Black Warrior and the Tombigbee rivers.