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Clay County Museum

2 S. First St., the square in Louisville, Louisville, IL 62858


Housed in the old county jail, this museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The personable tours start in the more comfortable environs where the sheriff administered his duties and his family use to live. That section was also used as a hotel starting in 1871. The Historical Society has an old hotel register from that era. That part of the museum also includes many items of Clay County history from the 1800s. A visitor to the jail museum can see old military uniforms donated by Clay County residents. There are kitchen utensils, furniture, tools and illustrations from the 1800s.

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