Properties Owned and Maintained by MCHS
303 W Main St
Home of the Morris County Historical Society
Open Wednesdays 1 - 4 and by appointment
SETH HAYS HOME
201 Wood St
The house was built by Seth Hays in 1867. While Hays never married, he did adopt a daughter in 1867. Hays' slave, "Aunt Sally," lived in the basement and cared for the family until her death in 1872. The home, operated by the Morris County Historical society, is open in the summer on Sunday afternoons and by appointment.
DUNLAP LEARNING CENTER
The Dunlap Learning Academy was launched in 2017 by MCHS in the former Dunlap United Methodist Church building. The Dunlap congregation merged with the Council Grove United Methodist Church in 2012 and the building was donated to the Morris County Historical Society at that time. The Dunlap area was once part of the Kaw Indian Reservation. It is the intention of the Dunlap Learning Academy to preserve the multicultural history of the southern Morris County area through its displays and presentations. The Academy's name is carried forward from the first Kansas Business and Literary Academy at Dunlap, established in 1879, for the education of all people, regardless of age or race.
POST OFFICE OAK MUSEUM
20 E Main St
The name of the museum comes from the large oak tree, believed to have been 270 years old when it died in 1990, is alleged to have served as an unofficial post office. Travelers could leave messages in a cache in the base of the oak tree. The tree trunk stands next to the Post Office Oak Museum. This was originally a one-family home built in 1864 with a brewery on the lower floor and a 18 x 25 x 9 foot cave to the east of the house. The brewery provided refreshment for travelers on the Santa Fe Trail.