Step back into the 19th century and for a little while become a part of the gracious Victorian Era and discover the C.H. Moore Homestead.
was started on the C. H. Moore Homestead by John and Minerva Moore Bishop.
Mr. Bishop was a prosperous grain and lumber dealer in Clinton. Work on the
C. H. Moore Homestead was completed in 1867 after the Civil War had ended and
life took on a more normal pattern. Soon after this, the Bishops lost their
only child. After Minerva Bishop's death in the early 1880's, Mr. Bishop sold
the house to his brother-in-law, Clifton H. Moore.
During the 1890’s, when the second DeWitt County courthouse was being dismantled to make way for its successor, workmen discovered something peculiar high up in the rafters of the old structure – an aged cigar thought to have been stashed there by a workman during the 1840’s construction period and long since forgotten. This discovery caused a great deal of wonderment. The newspaper even ran an article telling of the find and speculating on how the cigar came to be placed there, by whom, and how remarkable it was that the “relic” had survived the test of time.
To stash, discard, hide, or lose items is simply human nature. When rediscovered, such forgotten relics trigger a connection to the past or possess an aura of mystery.
This is the concept behind the museum’s newest exhibit “Fascinating Finds: A Collection of Found Artifacts.” The exhibit features a variety of items found in DeWitt County. In some cases, it is the relic that captures one’s imagination; in others it is the story of where the artifact was found. The exhibit contains a variety of items unearthed on the museum grounds as well as found items loaned by area residents. Anyone interested in loaning an item is encouraged to do so. The collection will be on display and continue to evolve now through the end of December 2014.
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