Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville

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The Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation was formed to preserve, restore, protect and maintain the historic structure in Waynesville, Missouri, known as the "Old Stagecoach Stop" in order to permit its educational value to be appreciated by future generations.

The Old Stagecoach Stop is the oldest building in Pulaski County. It was built by W.W. McDonald in the mid-1850s. His hotel, originally a double pen log building, was a stop on the St. Louis to Springfield stage route. A "lean-to" on the back of the building and a second story were added, probably in the 1880s.

Each of the 10 rooms has been restored to a different significant period in building's past, from its beginnings as a residence and tavern on the Western frontier of the 1850s through its final chapter as a boarding house for soldiers and their wives in the early 1960s. The changes in the building's ownership and uses reflect the history of our local community, including the impacts of the Civil War, the completion of the railroad through Pulaski County, and the construction of Ft Leonard Wood.

We invite you to visit us for a guided tour, or to simply take a step back in time as you walk through the rooms and view the period furnishings.

For more information, or to schedule a group tour, please contact Jeanie Porter at 573-336-3561.
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  • My husband and I are in town visiting family and we thought the Old Stagecoach Museum would be open. Sadly, they are closed for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year due to COVID-19. We hope to... 
    My husband and I are in town visiting family and we thought the Old Stagecoach Museum would be open. Sadly, they are closed for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year due to COVID-19. We hope to...  more »
  • This small museum is only open from April - September on Saturdays from 10-4, so plan your visit accordingly. The exterior and interior of the building are interesting with period furnishings. The... 
    This small museum is only open from April - September on Saturdays from 10-4, so plan your visit accordingly. The exterior and interior of the building are interesting with period furnishings. The...  more »
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  • This was awesome! So much history! Tour guide was able to keep all the kids (5, 8, and 10) engaged throughout. My son and nephew kept on talking about it on the way home :) it was fun. Thank you!
  • Great hidden gem in Waynesville, planned to go to museum at courthouse that is only open on Saturday, but this Saturday closed, so walked across Square and had a great private tour with one of the amiable volunteer guides.Tons of local history and stories including interesting Civil War Era ties. What a great way to spend a couple of hours. Another place we would have never stopped. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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