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.
Randolph County celebrated its 190th anniversary in 2019. To commemorate the occasion, the Randolph County Historical Society created a visual history of the county for use at anniversary events and for display at the Randolph County Historical Society Museum and other sites in Randolph County. The presentation promotes a better understanding of the history, culture, events, and notable persons with a connection to Randolph County.