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Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri

Old Johnson County Courthouse, site of the famous 'Old Drum' trial

Johnson County Historical Society
302 North Main St
Warrensburg, MO 64093
(660)747-6480 - email

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    The Johnson County Historical Society is a 501c(3) non-profit organization which maintains the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library & Museum and the historic buildings on the Old Courthouse Square in Warrensburg, MO. Archives of original county records dating from 1834 are housed here.

    A premiere research facility specializing in family and local history is open Monday - Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.

    Museum tours are available 1-4, Monday - Saturday, guided tours and group tours by appointment.

    The Old Courthouse (1838-1871) still stands, carefully restored, in its original location on Main Street. The period courtroom and upstairs offices pay tribute to the brave pioneers who built it.
    The Trial of Old Drum, where George Graham Vest's Eulogy on the Dog was delivered, took place in this courthouse in 1870.

    It is funded by membership dues, your donations and sales of publications and other items. Your donations are welcome:

Coming April 11 - Old Drum Day! See Events Page for more information.

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