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“Chock Full O History”

William Clark Market House Museum
Ranked #12 of 35 things to do in Paducah
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Owner description: This wonderful Museum, Paducah's oldest and ONLY general history Museum, is housed in the block long 1905 Market House in the center of Paducah's historic downtown area. The Museum houses some of the finest and most unusual artifacts in the area, which illustrate Paducah's rich cultural and historic heritage. Explore a time line beginning with Native American residents, through Paducah's founding by famous explorer William Clark in 1827, and view the original hand drawn town maps and land grants signed by Clark. A superb, colorful Old Paris wedding vase, given as a wedding present to Clark by the Marquis deLafayette, is also on display. Also experience the magnificence of the complete DuBois Robertson Drug Store golden oak woodwork interior... a hand carved masterpiece from 1877...and gaze through the colorful panes of the original stained glass windows. On permanent display is the town's first motorized fire truck (a 1913 LaFrance!) Experience an extensive Civil War display including furniture used by the Lincoln's, as well as Generals US Grant and Lew Wallace while they were in Paducah (Wallace was of Ben Hur fame.) A very special quilt made by Mrs Robert E Lee is also on display. A Kentucky Orphan's reunion ribbon insignia display is always a favorite, as well as elaborate hoop skirt dresses, beautiful rosewood furniture and a stately antique lamp with pigeon's blood shade, once owned by Paducahan John T Scopes' grandmother (of the Scopes Monkey Trial fame.) A 'Kentucky Headline' exhibit depicts the sad plight of Floyd Collins, who was tragically trapped and died in a cave. The story caught the breathless attention of the nation in 1925. Our 'Hall of Heroes', designed in 2013, honors Paducah firefighters, law enforcement and military personnel. Newly opened in 2014 is the Alben W. Barkley Memorial Room, honoring the Paducah area native who was 35th Vice President under Harry S. Truman. The exhibit is in a separate room, and devoted entirely to personal artifacts and belongings of Barkley, including his 1898 'surrey with the fringe on top', his inaugural tophat, as well as lovely, century old furniture from the home in Paducah, called 'ANGLES'. The first ever Vice Presidential flag and items from his Paducah law office and Washington political career are also on display. The Museum prides itself on now being Paducah's Barkley destination! A small but tastefully stocked gift shop is on premises and carries items of educational content, books, puzzles, etc., as well as ephemera and souvenirs. PLEASE NOTE: The Museum is sometimes closed on major holiday Saturdays, so please call ahead for verification. The facility closes for the winter season Dec 15th and reopens the first Saturday in March. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-4, CST.
Orlando, Florida, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Chock Full O History”
Reviewed 5 February 2013

Did you go to Paducah for the Quilt Museum? Well...there is more in Paducah than quilts. Swing by and check out the History Museum. Spend the afternoon going through exhibits, reading and wandering. If Penny is there have her give you the tour...you will not be disappointed. If it has been years since you visited you MUST go back, exhibits have been updated and added to. I will admit..I am not into history that much, but I love this Museum..you will too. Check it out..then come back here and post your review.

Orlando, FL

Visited August 2012
5 Thank Margaret D
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English first
Arbroath, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“trip down memory lane in paducah ky”
Reviewed 5 February 2013

As visitors from overseas the museum was ideal to get an interesting insight in to life in Paducah from years ago. There is a lot of history to the town and very well retold . Penny, the curator has a wealth of information of the area which she just loves to share with the visitors. Too many good artifacts to mention,go see for yourself!! and enjoy. Edna McC

Visited July 2012
5 Thank edna m
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“History for sale”
Reviewed 23 January 2013

Ok, not really but the place does look like an old five and dime store. Instead of things to buy though the shelves are filled with artifacts of Paducah history.

Visited October 2012
5 Thank MTravi
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big bear
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A MUST on your visit to Paducah”
Reviewed 18 November 2012

We just visited for a second time. I find this museum facinating and for 4 bucks its worth every penny. Speaking of...Penny, the curator, is just awesome. She is full of stories and lots of fun facts and really has a wealth of knowledge of the town and area. I consider this a MUST for anyone visiting Paducah. Definately worth it

Visited November 2012
5 Thank tony v
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Glad we Found This!”
Reviewed 13 November 2012

A lot of information and interesting things to see in this museum. The $4 fee is well worth the visit. It is very well organized and the tour guide can tell you a lot of stories about Paducah and the different eras of our country. They have a little gift shop as well. Located in the historic district.

Visited November 2012
5 Thank 12travel11
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