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Morgan County Missouri Historical Society & Museum

120 N. Monroe St.
Versailles, MO 65084
573-378-5530
morgancountymo@gmail.com

Hours:
May 1 - First Saturday in October (Apple Festival)
10 A.M - 3 P.M Monday - Friday


Admission:
Adults $5.00
Children 6 - 18 $3.00
Children 5 and under Free

 
    Samuel & Elizabeth Martin came to Missouri by oxen caravan from Patrick County, Virginia in 1853 with their 4 children, 2 of Mr. Martin's brothers (who had married 2 of Elizabeth's sisters) & her father & other family members. They lost 1 child & 1 of Samuel's brothers on the trip west. Versailles consisted of a public square with a courthouse, some saloons, several stores and scattered houses. On their second day here a lady rented them a small log rooming house for $100 per year with the stipulation that they retain a male Negro servant. A year later they bought a log building for $300 and an entire block for taxes, they moved log building to the present location of the museum, where they operated the Martin Hotel. The three story addition on the north of the building was built in 1877 and in 1884 the log building was replaced by the two story building which is now the store, lobby and research room of the museum. Mr. Martin kept livery stable for coaches, wagons, & horsemen. Rooms rented for 25 cents per day and each meal was a quarter. Samuel Martin died at 96. Elizabeth Martin died in 1930 at 103. She was oldest innkeeper west of Mississippi River. Affectionately known as "Grandma". She was assisted in running the hotel by their daughters Sally (crippled) and Lucy (both unmarried) and their friend Miss Jessie Cole. After the death of Lucy the hotel was operated by her nephew, Foster Brown until the mid 1960’s when it was purchased by the Morgan County Historical Society and opened as the Morgan County Museum.


Updated April 6, 2018