Ellis County Historical Society Museum
Due to environmental issues, the brick and limestone churches on 7th St. are not open to the public. Archive research is available at our new office location; please call in advance of your visit. Tours of the Volga German Haus and Fire Museum at our 7th St. location are available by appointment.Located at the corner of 7th and Main Street in downtown Hays, the Ellis County Historical Society exists to preserve and present the colorful history of the county. The main gallery includes exhibits centered on some of
In addition, learn about the clash of cultures that resulted when the railroad crossed tribal grounds and buffalo hunters decimated the great herds. Visit the recreated saloon and try your hand at faro, a favorite card game of the day. Round out your experience with a stroll through the first Boot Hill in the Wild West (18th and Fort Street), the last resting place for those who "died with their boots on."
On the museum grounds, staff will guide you on a tour of the Volga German Haus, a replica home of early German Russian settlers, outfitted with furnishings authentic to the 1870s and 1880s, when the Volga Germans began settling the area. The Younger Harness Shop, built in 1901, once sat on