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The Museum is located in the circa 1860s Martin Hotel. An addition was built on to the log structure in 1877. The adjoining two-story brick building was built in 1884, after the original log structure was moved off the property. The hotel guest registers includes signatures of Civil War soldiers who stopped for room and board, many with an I.O.U. following their name.
The museum includes: the barbershop; weaving and quilt room; Civil War relic; an early rural school room; an old Seth Thomas clock, the original hotel desk holds, with the keys to the guest rooms; bound volumes of the Morgan County newspapers dating from 1877; some hotel guest registers; an Emerson square grand piano, demonstrated at the St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904; a carbide chandelier; two folding covered-wagon rockers; several pieces of period furniture; and miscellaneous items pertinent to the history of Morgan County. Open May through October.
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