A RICH HISTORY OF TRADITION
The county was established on ancient grounds of the Kaw American Indian tribe. Settlers and the Kaw lived in an increasingly uneasy relationship as settlers encroached on native lands.
Council Grove, established by European Americans in 1825, was an important supply station on the Santa Fe Trail. The town was also the site of an encampment by John C. Fremont in 1845 and in 1849 the Overland Mail established a supply headquarters there. From 1821 to 1866, the Santa Fe Trail was active across Morris County.
The county was originally organized as Wise County in 1855. The county was named for Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise. When Wise presided over the hanging of abolitionist John Brown at Harpers Ferry in 1859, abolition supporters renamed it to Morris County in honor of Thomas Morris, a former United States Senator from Ohio who was an opponent of slavery.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 703 square miles (1,820 km2), of which 695 square miles (1,800 km2) is land and 7.6 square miles (20 km2) (1.1%) is water.
"The purpose of this Society shall be: to represent the historical interest of Morris County and its citizens; to promote and encourage interest in history, with emphasis on local history, through exhibits, educational programs and activities; to do research and disseminate information to the public; to collect, preserve and work for the preservation of objects, historic structures, manuscripts, publications, photographs and other materials and information relating to the history of Morris County and its citizens; to administer any property owned by MCHS and to carry on any historical, educational, interpretive and research activities relating to the properties, collections and the interests of the Society.