Originally known as the Palmer House, this ten-room, bungalow style home was constructed in 1918 and 1919 by Will E. Palmer, Alex Haley's maternal grandfather. From 1921 to 1929, and during some subsequent summers, Alex Haley lived here with his grandparents, Will and Cynthia Palmer.
The front porch was often the place where young Alex heard the oral accounts of family history, including stories of Kunta Kinte, the young Mandingo man captured near his West African home.
The house has been open for tours in the past, but the interpretive center contains personal artifacts, such as the Emmy Haley won for the 1977 Roots miniseries, and more family memorabilia.
Other spaces will be used for writing and genealogy workshops. And two computer kiosks manned by volunteers from the Mormon church will instruct visitors in how to research family history.
You can read more at http://www.alex-haley.com/alex_haley_museum.htm