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Barton County Historical Society Museum & Village

85 S. Highway 281, Great Bend, Kansas

The Museum and Village provides an interesting afternoon walk for visitors from April to November with special events at Christmas and other holidays.

Visit the Barton County Historical Society Museum & Village for a fascinating glimpse into the past. Located on five acres, just south of Great Bend on US Highway 281 (south of the Arkansas River Bridge), the Village boasts several period buildings: an 1873 native stone house, an 1898 church, a 1910 railroad depot, a 1915 school house, and a small post office, all authentically furnished. Visitors may even pump fresh water at the Waupun wood-vane windmill beside a bed of native flowers. The main Museum and other buildings allow a peek into rural community life.  One of the newest additions to the Village is a 1950 Lustron Home.

Permanent and rotating exhibits showcase:

Over 300 dolls, dating from 1850  


Diorama & archaeological displays illustrating Native American culture in the area from the Paleo period to the Santa Fe Trail and European settlement  


Significant textile collection, including wedding dresses and fine examples of lace-making, quilts, and other needlework  


Medical and dental offices, beauty and barber shops, a general store, 

Victorian parlor, kitchen, and more  


Antique tractors and agricultural implements  


Re-creation of a blacksmith's shop  


Antique cars

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Barton County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1091
85 S. Hwy. 281
Great Bend, KS 67530-1091
(620) 793-5125