Plans For 'The Paula Deen Museum' Still Underway In Deen's Hometown

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

By: Kara Duffy
June 26, 2013

Albany, GA - Celebrity chef Paula Deen hasn't always called the Food Network home. There was once a time she lived in Albany, Georgia; in a house that's soon to become, "The Paula Deen Museum."

"It's the house that she was raised in, in the 50's and she lived in this house for 8 to 10 years before her dad died," said B.J. Fletcher, the President of the Board for the "Paula Deen Museum."

Fletcher says the house will be fully furnished with it's original furniture from the 50's.

It'll be moved from it's current undisclosed location, and relocated to the Thronateeska Heritage Center.

The center is located in the heart of downtown Albany, which organizers say makes it a prime location for tourists.

"They come; they get off the interstate, and visit us; they eat," said Fletcher. "We've got over 600 restaurants in this community, many of them are mom and pop's, that you're not going to find, and that's what we hope to accomplish with this."

There were mixed reactions when we asked our WCTV Facebook friends if they would attend the museum.

Thomas W. said, "Yes I would, we have all done things that are wrong, she admitted what she did, apologized and for that I have a lot of respect for her."

Jamie S. said, "H*** No! The fact that she admitted using the N word is unacceptable. Idc what the situation is or was, nobody whether you're black or white, should use it"

Deen appeared in her first televised interview Wednesday morning.

She broke down into tears, saying that anyone in the audience who's never said anything they've regretted, should pick up a rock and throw it at her head.

"This isn't a time to kick her down," Fletcher said. "This isn't a time to judge. It's a time to listen."

Fletcher said the museum is scheduled to open by the end of this year, just in time for the holiday season.

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