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Fulton (Martin House) Museum

Fulton (Martin House) Museum

The Fulton Historical Society is located in this Civil War era home donated to the City by Leonard and Maxine Martin.

The Society is responsible for the operation of the home as a repository of information and materials relevant to the history of the City of Fulton and its inhabitants.

In addition, the Society wishes to preserve the heritage of the community and provide educational opportunities for the purpose of increasing and enriching public knowledge.

NOTE:  The Fulton (Martin House) Museum is open every Sunday from 2 - 4:00 PM, and other times by appointment.  To schedule an appointment, you may call 563-321-0318.  Additional phone numbers are posted on the Museum entry doors, for those that stop by and are interested in visiting the Fulton (Martin House) Museum other than Sundays from 2 - 4:00 PM.  

Link:   Fulton (Martin House) Museum National Geographic Article 

Museum Features & Acquisitions 

  • Stained Glass Windows
  • Walnut Bench Seating
  • Walnut Staircase
  • Fulton Memorabilia Collection - including advertising items made by Fulton Patent Novelty
  • Extensive Photo Collection of Fulton
  • Genealogy Research Room
  • Plus Much More

2018 Programs @ Fulton (Martin House) Museum:

February 18: at Fulton (Martin House) Museum:  "FULTON'S COMMERCIAL RIVERFRONT: A FASCINATING HISTORY."  This Powerpoint presentation describes the various businesses and the volumes of products delivered and transported by steamboats and trains at Fulton.  

March 18: at Fulton (Martin House) Museum:  "THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: FROM FULTON TO POLO."  A letter written by Henry Esley in the May, 1917 issue of the Fulton Journal explains his activities on the secret transportation of runaway slaves here in Fulton.  Betty Odendorf, member of the Polo Historical Society has done extensive research on the organization, will be the featured speaker.  

April 15: at Fulton 's North Cemetery:  "FULTON ANCESTORS COME ALIVE IN THE NORTH CEMETERY.":  This program is rescheduled fro October which was canceled because of weather.  Citizens who had made significant contributions to Fulton's success will be presented by costumed, local residents sharing personal backgrounds. 

 June 24: at Fulton's South Cemetery:  The same program format will be conducted in the south cemetery and will feature persons buried there who have made significant contributions in Fulton's history.  

In July and August there are no scheduled programs.

September 16:, at Fulton (Martin House) Museum:  "ILLINOIS CELEBRATES ITS BICENTENNIAL: 1818 - 2018."  A Powerppoint presentation will be the featured topic.  A synopsis of the state history over the past 200 years will include special attention how it has related to what was occurring in Fulton during the same time period.  

October 21:  at Fulton Presbyterian Church:  Mr. Donald Hudson, Warden at the (AUSP) Administrative U. S. Penitentiary located in Thomson, Illinois will present a PowerPoint presentation on the newly-opened facility. The free program will be held in the Presbyterian Church in Fulton at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21. The larger venue was chosen because of the level of interest in learning about the area’s newest enterprise. Refreshments will be served. Everyone in the area is cordially invited to attend.  The Fulton Presbyterian Church is located at 311 North 9th Street, Fulton.

November 18: at the Fulton (Martin House) Museum:  In recognition of the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration, the Fulton Historical Society is sponsoring a program presented by Stan Banash, author of the book, ROADSIDE HISTORY OF ILLINOIS.  Banash takes the reader and his audiences on a ‘hopscotch tour’ of our State.  Fulton and Albany are included in the over 200-plus of interesting places found in the Land of Lincoln.  The free PowerPoint presentation will be held in the Fulton (Martin House) Museum on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  The Museum is located at 707 10th Avenue, Fulton..Everyone is welcome!  


 For Fulton History Articles

Click HERE for Fulton History Information

Wayne Bastian Memorial Resource Room

  • Genealogy Resource Room
  • Plat Books
  • Whiteside County History Books

Fulton Historical Society

Mission Statement

The mission of the Fulton, Illinois Historical Society is to collect information and materials relevant to the history of the City of Fulton and its habitats, preserve its heritage, and provide educational opportunities for the purpose of increasing and enriching the public knowledge. Adopted November 19, 1998.

Membership Dues

  • $10 Single (annual)
  • $15 Family (annual)
  • $25 Business (annual)
  • $100 Lifetime


Third Monday of Every Month at 7:00PM

Services Available to the Public

Computer & Resource Room for genealogy and historical information. Printing available for a small fee - $0.20 a copy.

Rental of Facilities

The home can be used for private parties, social functions and organizational meetings for a small fee.

Fulton Historical Facts

  • 1835 John Baker built first log cabin
  • 1838 Ferry between Fulton & Lyons Post Office opened
  • 1840 First School Built
  • 1842 Methodist Church
  • 1844 First Burials in Fulton Cemetery
  • 1845 Langford and Hall Lumber Co. - first water-powered sawmill
  • 1854 Whiteside Investigator (later Fulton Journal)
  • 1855 Dement House Hotel
  • 1856 First Immigrant from Holland - Thomas Smith
  • 1858 Park School Dedicated
  • 1864 First Log Raft down the Mississippi River
  • 1865 C & NW Railroad Bridge across Mississippi River
  • 1878 White Pine Lumber Industry at its peak
  • 1883 Modern Woodmen of America organized in Fulton
  • 1891 Mystic Workers of the World founded (later Fidelity Life Association) & Lyons-Fulton High Bridge Opened (July 4)
  • 1893 Mississippi Valley Stove Co. began
  • 1894 Public Library founded
  • 1896 Fulton Clay Pipe Factory
  • 1905 Patent Novelty Company moved to Fulton
  • 1907 Prochaska Manufacturing Co.
  • 1910 C & NW Terminal and repair yards built
  • 1912 First Greenhouse Built
  • 1915 Main Street Bricks Installed
  • 1927 Post Office City Delivery service established
  • 1929 Right of Way for Route 30 established
  • 1935 Lock & Dam 13 started
  • 1948 Agrico Chemical Co.
  • 1959 Drives Manufacturing Company
  • 1965 Highest Flood Level
  • 1966 Harbor Crest Nursing Home
  • 1968 Agri-King Company
  • 1980 Flood Wall constructed
  • 2000 de Immigrant Windmill dedicated
  • 2010 Windmill Cultural Center dedicated
707 10th Avenue
City, State Zip
Fulton, IL 61252
(815) 589-3809
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2:00pm - 4:00pm Sundays

The Museum is available other times by appointment.   

Contactl the Tourism Office at 815-589-3925 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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