(620) 326-3820
502 N. Washington
Wellington KS 67152
Wellington's Chisholm Trail Museum is a museum of domestic life in and around Wellington and Sumner County, Kansas area. Located across Washington Street from the Sumner County Court House, it's a three story structure containing over 40 rooms full of artifacts and pictures, most collected locally, some dating back to the Civil War and the 1870s cattle trail which passed just west of Wellington.

Mid-April until
the end of May
1-4pm Weekends 

June through October
1-4pm Daily 

All of November
 1-4pm Weekends 

The building itself is a reinforced concrete structure built in 1916 as the Hatcher Hospital. Originally a two story structure with basement, a third story and electric elevator were added in 1920. The nearly 80 year-old elevator is one of the oldest elevators still in use in Kansas.

Hospital staff during the 1920s numbered six MDs, including Dr. A. R. Hatcher, one dental surgeon, and a consulting neurologist named Dr. Karl A. Menninger, M. D. With the passing of Dr. Albert R. Hatcher and his son, Dr. A. C. Hatcher, the hospital closed in 1961 and became the Chisholm Trail Museum in 1965. Staffed and operated by community volunteers and supported by donations from visitors and local patrons, the non-profit educational organization is free to the public.


 Many older people still living in the Wellington area either worked at or were treated by doctors in this building. In fact, many Wellington residents were born here between 1916 and 1961. The original second floor nursery is preserved as part of the museum that many return to see.
Museum information supplied by Richard M. Gilfillan

Wellington Chamber of Commerce
(620) 326-7466
207 S. Washington / Wellington, KS 67152

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(620) 326-2011

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December 22, 2003   Patricia Gaddie   Wellington, Kansas

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