The Randolph County Hall of Fame is a display on a wall within the courthouse of famous and notable, including the infamous and ignoble, inhabitants and residents of Randolph County. This is a joint effort of the commission and the Randolph County Historical Society. A committee appointed by the presiding commissioner and the president of the Society will designate annually those to be honored. Every year in a ceremony their image and a plaque will be added to the display. A large sign “Randolph County Hall of Fame” will be displayed. Plaques will explain the significance of the person to world, national or state history.
The Randolph County Historical Society is compiling a database of every known settler (land owner) within the county as of 1829, the data of the organization of Randolph County and those who are known to have resided in the county prior. This includes spouses and families, and slaves if known. Marriages, burial sites, military service, images, legal description of real property owned, etc. This is a joint effort with the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Text of biographies and obituaries will be included. This database will provide a resource to enhance and better enable research into local history by gathering into one source an index. Though its main value will be to genealogists, it will also serve as a catalog directing researchers to extant primary and secondary sources.
Come see the Randolph County Courthouse Mural. The mural painted on a wall in the courthouse representing features of the county emphasizing noted persons. The design will be determined by a committee of historians with the presiding commissioner. Students from the several school districts will provide the art.
Come and visit the new permanent curated museum in the lowest level of the Randolph County Courthouse with rotating displays provided by the Randolph County Historical Society and the county archives. A committee of the presiding commissioner and area historians oversees the project. The rotating displays with comments will educate adults and children about the history and culture of Randolph County featuring notable persons, events and sites. Persons include bushwhacker William T. Anderson, Gen. Omar N. Bradley, gunmaker John H. Hall, Gov. Hancock Jackson, poet Melvin B. Tolson and U.S. Sen. Robert J. Wilson. Events include the 1830 trial of Moanagonda, the 1858 Huntsville Racoon Race, the hanging of “Hade” Brown and visits by William Jennings Byran, Marshall Joffre, William H. Taft and Brigham Young. Sites include the Potawatomi Trail of Death.
Join the Randolph County Old Settlers Association for their annual meeting and lunch on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at high noon. While, the event is open to the public, there is a nominal fee for those who are not “old settlers” — those who have resided in Randolph County for at least 60 years. The event began in 1887 in Jacksonville, Mo. The program includes music, a lecture on local history, and annual awards for things ranging from oldest settler to youngest setter and more!
Join us at 2pm on October 9, 2021, for the Main Street Moberly Oakland Cemetery Walking Tour. This tour will discuss generations of burial traditions as well as focus on the history of notable figures buried here. Oakland Cemetery has a significant tie to the Civil War which will be discussed during the tour.
Join us September 25-26, 2021 for the Bicentennial Reenactment of the First Missouri Train Robbery. The Allen Train Robbery replays an actual event in Allen, MO (now, a part of Moberly) where in August of 1861 coin and currency being transferred from a Fayette, MO bank to St. Louis, MO bank for safekeeping. While being unloaded from a buckboard at Allen on to a train of the North Missouri Railroad, Confederate Partisans “re-took” the coin and currency without a shot being fired, and, according to many stories from that era all coin and currency was returned to the Fayette bank.
During minitrain rides, junior high youth will be portraying the Confederate Partisans who will stop the train in the prairie that was Allen, MO. After searching the train and finding the “gold,” passengers will be treated to a gold-foil covered chocolate coin when they return to Lions Station to deboard. Care will be taken to explain the event prior to leaving Lions Station. Our youth actors will be given training so as not to frighten even the smallest of children.
Scheduled for October 2, 2021, this fall-themed family event will include free Young Eagle plane rides, a petting zoo, mini train rides, face painting, caricatures, corn maze, Fire Department Muster and many other activities. The Fire Department Muster will include fire departments not only from Moberly, but surrounding communities as well. Antique fire equipment will be on display to highlight the advances within the fire profession. Friendly inter-department competitions such as the “bucket brigade” will be included as well. This event is open to the public and most activities will be free.
On April 24, 2021, Main Street Moberly will be showcasing our beautiful 4th St. Theater and kicking off Moberly’s free GPS Self-Guided Audio Tour. “Next Stop: Moberly!” is a self-guided tour that includes 100 historical locations throughout the city. This tour will include the historical significance of each location, information regarding architecture, and highlight persons of interest affiliated with Moberly. The platform for this is an app that can be downloaded to smartphones or tablets making it accessible to people anywhere in the world!
Randolph County, organized in 1829, celebrated its 190th Anniversary at the Randolph County Courthouse, 372 Highway JJ in Huntsville, at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 20. The celebration, planned by Randolph County government in coordination with the Randolph County Historical Society, Huntsville Historical Society, and local chapters of Daughters of the American Colonists and Daughters of the American Revolution included proclamations and resolutions from politicians and a visual presentation of the history of Randolph County from pre-white settlement through the development of Clark’s road and the Boonslick to current times. The event was open to the public. Light refreshments were provided.