Paula Deen museum in the works

The childhood home of celebrity chef Paula Deen could become a museum dedicated to her life's work — Southern cooking.

A museum dedicated to the accomplishments of Food Network star Paula Deen could open soon in the celebrity chef's hometown.

Businesswoman B.J. Fletcher is teaming up with Jimmy Deen, Paula's ex-husband, and others to turn her childhood home in Albany, Ga., into a museum, the Albany Herald reported.

"It just takes my breath away that folks back in Albany would consider doing something like this," Deen told the Herald. "I'm just trying to wrap my head around this incredible honor. I would want something like this to be a symbol of hope for people looking to make their lives better."

Fletcher told the newspaper that the group working to create the museum recently purchased the home.


Deen has expressed her support for the project and the queen of Southern cooking will contribute some of its original furnishings.

"That house holds so many memories for me," Deen said. "All the cheerleader cookouts, the spend-the-night parties. ... And it just so happens I can pretty much furnish it like it was. I still have mama's living room set and daddy's — they had separate rooms later on because daddy had to sleep with a night light on and mama couldn't. I'm just so excited about the possibilities."