Bushwhacker Museum

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The Bushwhacker Museum archives include non-circulating local and regional history and genealogy resources belonging to the Vernon County Historical Society. Our mission is to preserve and present the history of Vernon County, Missouri from the Native American period through the twentieth century.

In 1998 the Bushwhacker Museum moved from its previous location in the former Vernon County Jail (known as the “Bushwhacker” Jail) to the newly renovated Finis M. Moss Building at the corner of Walnut and Main in Nevada.

The museum collects both primary and secondary resource documents related to diverse local and regional history topics, including the Osage Nation, outlaws, genealogy, agriculture, military history, and local industry. However, our primary focus is on the period of the Missouri/Kansas Border War and Civil War from 1854-1865. Original documents related to the Civil War era include soldier’s letters and slaveholders’ probate records. The historical society publishes book and pamphlets which include research done on all of these local history topics. Museum exhibits engage the public with artifacts and images from the historic period in question.

Genealogy resources include cemetery records, plat books, city directories, census records, and probate files.

212 W. Walnut St.
Nevada, MO 64772
(417) 667-9602