Visitors Guide to the
St. Charles County
Historical Society
101 South Main Street
St. Charles, Missouri

Street Parking Missouri Historical Site


During the period of 1821 to 1826, when St. Charles was the site of the Missouri's first State Capitol, William G. Pettus, Secretary of State for the State of Missouri, saw a need for a public market where the region's farmers and fishermen could sell their wares to the general population. In 1822 Pettus publicly requested that proposals be submitted for this project and in 1823 a two story building with a basement was built and opened as the 'Market and Fish House'. This original commercial enterprise is part of the present building that is located at 101 S. Main Street.

The St. Charles County Historical Society was founded in 1956. It is dedicated to the preservation of documents and artifacts related to the history of St. Charles County. The Society encourages interest in the rich history of the county and preserves primary and secondary source materials. Much of the collection has been indexed to assist those looking for family history and genealogy. The Society holds quarterly membership meetings, publishes periodicals, and sponsors various activities to promote the preservation and study of history.

Visiting the St. Charles County Historical Society
     Visiting Hours
          Monday - Wednesday - Friday and the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month
          10 am - 3 pm
          Closed on holidays
There is no charge to visit the St. Charles Historical Society.

St. Charles County Historical Society is located on S. Main Street in the historic downtown district of St. Charles. Parking on Main Street may be hard to find but a large free parking lot can be found one block east of S. Main Street and additional parking can be found on side streets to the west.

GPS Coordinates
N  38  46.857
W 90  28.899

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