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06 May 2012

Our History


museum-oldThe 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.

 Present 1893 1899  1910 1916 
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


Find information on graves in our Cemetery Section!

GO TO Cemeteries!

CCHS Library

Find what you are looking for in the Jordan R. Bentley Genealogy Library!

GO TO Library!

Hours of Operation


The museum will be opening the first Tuesday in April, and will close for the winter months on the last Saturday in October.  Museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1:00pm - 4:00pm or by special appointment.  Please Contact Us to schedule a convenient time for you.  Guided tours are available.  Enjoy a scavenger hunt on a self-guided tour, or just wander through the many rooms at your leisure.

Admission is FREE- donations are welcome!

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Donations Welcome!

We are a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.  The operation of the museum, and continued collection and preservation of the historic artifacts relies upon membership dues, financial gifts, fund-raisers, bookstore sales, and grants.  All donations are tax deductible, and are greatly appreciated.  Click below to donate.

Donations may be sent to Chariton County Historical Society at 115 E Second St., Salisbury, MO 65281. We appreciate your support of the Chariton County Historical Society & Museum.