"One of the best county museums we've seen" say Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart in "The Big Divide: A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region."
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The Old Depot Museum was built as a passenger depot for the Southern Kansas Railroad in 1888. It served its purpose until 1962, when it was given to the Franklin County Historical Society by the AT&SF railroad. It was opened on July 4, 1963. It features an immersive exhibit on Franklin County's most notorious event, John Brown's Pottawatomie Massacre. Exhibits tell of the residential Chautauqua that graced Forest Park from 1884-1914. An HO model railroad echoes the building's original use. Both permanent and temporary exhibits can be seen as well as such period rooms as a general store, farm kitchen, Victorian parlor and one-room schoolhouse. The Old Depot Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a Star Site among Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area's partners.
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