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Vietnam Veterans Veteran's Room is a tribute to all Chariton County veterans for their service to our country. It begins with a list of Mexican War veterans and concludes with Desert Storm.
Hoop Skirt Chair This Hoop Skirt Chair is from the Victorian era and provided space for a ladies wide hoop skirt at the side of the chair.
Linotype Linotype machine was invented in Germany by a watch maker. It increased the producitivy of printing by allowing a line at a time to be printed instead of individual letters. This machine was used by John Y. Stewart in Brunswick from 1936 to 1993.
John Deere 'D' John Deere 'D' tractor was purchased new by Marvin A. Rice in 1935 for $1200.
Henry Jacobs' Brick Mold The Miracle Brick Mold was used by Henry Gooch in Salisbury in the early 1900's. He had a brick making plant on the Wabash Railroad right-of-way just west of the overhead bridge.
General Store A General Store was found in every town and stocked dry goods, textiles, tobacco, guns and pretty much anything else a person would need. A Post Office was also a part of a general store.
Dodge Fire Truck Dodge fire truck used in Salisbury from 1934 - 1956. It holds just a 150 gallon water tank.
Covered Wagon Covered wagon was driven by 16 year old Henry Speiser for the George Friesz family when they moved from Illinois to Chariton County in 1877.
Beauty Parlor Beauty parlor that includes items from the 1940's.
Barber Shop Replica of the early to mid 1900's including shaving mugs, mustache cups, straight blade razors

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115 E 2nd St
Salisbury, MO  65281 

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03 October 2017


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History of the Chariton County Historical Society

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

Our Purpose

our purpose



Membership is open to anyone with an interest in preserving the history of Chariton County, Missouri. Since its conception in 1956, the Society has strived to preserve the history of Chariton County through its collection of artifacts, photographs, documents, and other memorabilia. 

The success of the Society depends on the generosity of individuals and businesses who support our efforts with their donations and membership dues.  We encourage you to join with us in this endeavor by initiating your membership in the Chariton County Historical Society.



Membership Information

Membership is $15 annually.

Membership benefits include:

  • Quarterly newsletter
  • 10% discount on books and gifts
  • Satisfaction of knowing you are helping to preserve history!

You can easily become a member of the Chariton County Historical Society by using our Membership Application below (requires Adobe Reader to view):


Hours of Operation

hours of operation

The museum is open from 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 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 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!


Cemeteries of Chariton County

There were approximately 203 cemeteries at one time in Chariton County many of which were family plots and now abandoned. We are focusing on photographing the unmaintained cemeteries at the present time. The photographs will be available to researchers through the Chariton County Historical Society and Museum. We are providing an index of the photographed stones in cemeteries that are either no longer active or have been abandoned and a listing of the maintained cemeteries that have been photographed. Photographs we have taken are being placed on


Missouri Statute

Family burying grounds, how secured

214.090. Any person desirous of securing family burying ground or cemetery on his or her lands, may convey to the county commission of the county in which the land lies any quantity of land not exceeding one acre, in trust for the purpose above mentioned, the deed for which to be recorded within sixty days after the conveyance; and such grounds, when so conveyed, shall be held in perpetuity as burying grounds or cemeteries for the use and benefit of the family and descendants of the person making such conveyance.

Definition: (21) “Family burying ground”, a cemetery in which no burial space is sold to the public and in which interments are restricted to persons related by blood or marriage.



Click on the name of a veteran to learn more about them.

Wayne E. Meyer

Novia L. Moore

Floyd B. Parks

Sterling Price

Certificate Program Application

If your lineal Ancetors were in Chariton county as early as 1812 or saw military service in Missouri during the Civil War, you are invited to apply for a Territorial, Pioneer, or Military Certificate.

Click here to download the application.

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.

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.