Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 23:51
The Historical Society was founded in 1956 by a group of people with a strong interest in preserving the heritage and history of Chariton County. The first county museum opened in the 1960's in the Lincoln School--a former Negro school, and now Peace Lutheran Church in Salisbury.
The increasing number of artifacts collected soon out-grew that space, and the present museum building--the former Fellow’s Hatchery, became available in 1971. After considerable renovation the present museum opened to the public in the late 1970’s. The present museum location has had a varied and glorious past that goes back to before the turn of the 20th century.
The museum actually encompasses four adjoining buildings all built prior to 1893.
|Library & Veterans Room||Storage Building (16')||Millinery & Grocery Store||Warehouse||Laundry Ironing & Dry Clean with wash room behind|
|Little Dixie Room||Blacksmith Shop (15')||Blacksmith Shop & Wagon Shop||Produce||Produce|
|Hutchinson Tool Room||Carriage Repository (15')||Harness Shop||Produce||Produce|
|Main Street Room||Grocery Store with IOOF hall in upstairs||Dry Goods & Grocery Store with IOOF in upstairs||Vacant with IOOF hall in upstairs||New & 2nd Hand Furniture with IOOF hall in upstairs|