Last updated: 12/12/2011
Nevada, Missouri
212 W. Walnut St
Nevada, MO 64772
phone: 417-667-9602
Open for tours May through October, Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00AM-4:00PM. Research library is open by appointment year around.
Adults, $5.00
12 to 18, $2.00
Under 12, $1.00
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Will Tollerton, Museum Coordinator
phone: 417-667-9602

The Bushwhacker Museum and Historic Jail tell the history of Vernon County, MO. The museum features both rotating and permanent exhibits about topics such as the Missouri-Kansas Border War, Civil War, pioneer settlement, rural America, the U.S. military, etc. Tours of the vintage 1860 Bushwhacker Jail show the history of the late nineteenth century outlaw period.

The reference library and archives contain probate records and other resources for researchers and genealogists.


To memorialize and preserve the history of Vernon County, Missouri.


The Vernon County Historical Society was organized in 1938. The historical society purchased and restored the old Vernon County jail in 1965. The old jail served as the Bushwhacker Museum until the mid-1990s when the museum moved into the lower level of the Finis M. Moss Building on the courthouse square in Nevada, MO. Today, paid tours of both facilities explain the history of Vernon County and the Missouri-Kansas border region.

Artifact Collections

The museum houses many thousands of artifacts related to Vernon County history from the late eighteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Collections include military uniforms and weapons, Native American tools, natural history, agricultural implements, nineteenth century clothing, etc.

  • Research Collections

    Our archives include thousands of probate records formerly housed in the Vernon County courthouse. These records include wills, bills of sale, and other property records which are invaluable to genealogists. The museum also has a reference library which houses many popular historical works about the Civil War and Border War between Missouri and Kansas.


    A board of directors oversees the museum and jail house and is elected annually.


    Access: General Public, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: Yes


    Bushwhacker Musings newsletter is published quarterly


    Wheelchair Accessible


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