A RICH HISTORY OF TRADITION
The county was established on ancient grounds of the Kaw American Indian tribe. Settlers and the Kaw lived in an increasingly uneasy relationship as settlers encroached on native lands.
Council Grove, established by European Americans in 1825, was an important supply station on the Santa Fe Trail. The town was also the site of an encampment by John C. Fremont in 1845 and in 1849 the Overland Mail established a supply headquarters there. From 1821 to 1866, the Santa Fe Trail was active across Morris County.
The county was originally organized as Wise County in 1855. The county was named for Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise. When Wise presided over the hanging of abolitionist John Brown at Harpers Ferry in 1859, abolition supporters renamed it to Morris County in honor of Thomas Morris, a former United States Senator from Ohio who was an opponent of slavery.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 703 square miles (1,820 km2), of which 695 square miles (1,800 km2) is land and 7.6 square miles (20 km2) (1.1%) is water.
"The purpose of this Society shall be: to represent the historical interest of Morris County and its citizens; to promote and encourage interest in history, with emphasis on local history, through exhibits, educational programs and activities; to do research and disseminate information to the public; to collect, preserve and work for the preservation of objects, historic structures, manuscripts, publications, photographs and other materials and information relating to the history of Morris County and its citizens; to administer any property owned by MCHS and to carry on any historical, educational, interpretive and research activities relating to the properties, collections and the interests of the Society.
The Annual Parade will be Tuesday, October 31 at 6 pm. Line-up is on south Mission Street. Many businesses will be open to hand out candy to the kids, if you don’t have a store front you are welcome to come to the chamber office to hand out candy.
Saturday, November 4 from 6 – 9 Downtown Council Grove. Help us kick off the Holiday Season with this fun event that brings in people from across the state. Check with the Chamber to see how you can be involved.
Gathering in the Grove Fine Art Show & Sale
Will be held the first weekend in November at the Carnegie Building on Main Street. Hours for the show are Friday, November 3rd 5:00 to 9:00 pm; Saturday, November 5th, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; and Sunday, November 6th, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Work from over 40 area artists will be showcased this year!