Dexter, Missouri, is home to many attractions that visitors can enjoy including historical sites. The Heritage Museum and Heritage House are just two such attractions that preserve the city's history in photos, artifacts and much more. The Stars and Stripes Museum is a 15-minute drive from Dexter where you can learn more about the 1861 birth of the Stars and Stripes military newspaper. There is much to see and do during your visit to our community! Learn more about these sites and homes below!
The Dexter Welcome Center - Depot/Museum was restored through a joint effort of the City of Dexter, the Chamber of Commerce and the Heritage Museu. The Museum portion is dedicated to preserving the history of Dexteer through displays of photos, journals, clothing and artifacts of the people, organizations, churches and businesses of the past. Dexter was founded in 1873 by the railroad. The town was laid out by the railroad and lots were sold on July 4, 1873, thus, the railroad has played a very important part in our history. One notable collection on display is "Evans Pottery', a unique pottery made from native clay by an artisan also native to the area. "Dexter - A Pictorial History", a hardbound book depicting all aspects of Dexter's history through text and photos, can be purchased at the Welcome Center for $15. Also available are borchures and maps of the community and the area. The Welcome Center is open Monday - Friday, 9 am till 3 pm (Closed Wednesday), Saturday 9 am - 1 pm.
The Heritage House
Located at Cooper and Castor, it is one of the community’s original homes. Each room has been restored to depict a period that different owners of the home lived in, including the original owners. The house is maintained by a local non-profit volunteer organization that provides tours by appointment and during special events recalling the regions’ past. The grounds are maintained by the city’s park department. For more information call 573-624-7458 or 800-332-8857. No admission.
The Heritage Caboose
The Heritage Caboose is located on East South Main, due east of The Heritage Depot in Historic Downtown Dexter. The caboose is maintained by The Heritage Museum. Open by appointment only. Call 573-624-7458 or 800-332-8857. No Admission.
The Stars and Stripes Museum
For those in military service and to veterans who served overseas, the phrase Stars and Stripes represents more than just our American flag. They recognize it as the newspaper that serves as the communication link between U.S. military personnel serving overseas and their hometown. On November 9, 1861, ten Illinois Union soldiers, using the vacated press of the Bloomfield Herald, published the first Stars and Stripes, which they named after the American flag. One of the original copies of that 1861 paper is now owned by the Stoddard County Historical Society. The history of the publication and the military lives it touched are being preserved at the Stars and Stripes Museum/Library. The facility serves historians, students and writers as an invaluable research tool. It also provides the general public with an educational opportunity to share the history and experience of veterans and Stripers alike. The museum/library is located in Stoddard County between Bloomfield and Dexter on State Hwy. 25. The museum/library is open weekdays, except Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEB PAGE: www.starsandstripesmuseumlibrary.org
Phone 573-568-2055. (A portion of the above text was taken from Stars and Stripes, Welcome Home brochure, published by the Stars and Stripes Museum/Library, 1999)
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