Post Office Oak Museum
22 East Main Street
Council Grove, KS 66846

Tours by appointment only

Post Office Oak Museum Map

Post Office Oak Museum - Council Grove, Kansas
Post Office Oak Museum
Post Office Oak Museum - Council Grove, Kansas

The Post Office Oak Museum in Council Grove, Kansas is operated by the Morris County Historical Society in a native stone building which was built in 1864 and housed a brewery in the basement. The name of the museum comes from the stump of the Post Office Oak in the front yard, which local tradition says was used to leave messages and letters during the days the Santa Fe Trail was active.

The building was built by Francis Xavier Hebrank, who emigrated from Germany 5 years earlier. The upper two floors served as a home, while a brewery operated out of the basement.

The museum consists of period furnishings in some of the rooms and Council Grove history exhibits in others. Displays include medical equipment, school furnishings, cameras, railroad memorabilia and the wood carvings of Merlin V. Houser, who lost his right hand at age 56 and learned to carve with his left hand during his recovery.

A typical visit will probably take 30 minutes or less.

A tour of this building can be combined with the nearby Seth Hays Home, which was built in 1867 the founder of Council Grove, Seth M. Hays. It is now furnished with period furniture and only open by appointment.  



Post Office Rock Museum kitchen
Wood stove

Merlin V. Houser wood carvings - Post Office Oak Museum
Merlin V. Houser carvings



The basement which served as a brewery

Post Office Oak Museum Map - Council Grove, Kansas
Post Office Oak Museum Map


Kansas Attractions  Kansas Travel & Tourism Home

opyright 2020 by Keith Stokes