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Fulton (Martin House) Museum & Fulton Historical Society

Fulton (Martin House) Museum & Fulton Historical Society

The Fulton (Martin House) Museum is located at 707 10th Avenue, a beautiful red brick house with a wrap-around front porch with pristine white railing.  It sits high on the hill, nestled among mature trees.  and has a stone retaining wall spanning the length of the frontage along 10th  Avenue.  Programs are presented at the Fulton (Martin House) Museum, which is located at 707 10th Avenue, on the third Sunday of each month, starting at 2:00 PM, and are free.  Light refreshments are served.   (Note: The north entrance of the museum is handicap accessible.)

Cost:  Free, however donations are appreciated and used for the Martin House.  

Hours:  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 2:00 - 4:00 PM.  

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

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

2019  Fulton (Martin House) Museum Programs

Monthly Programs:

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM:  THE HISTORY OF THE NINE-FOOT CHANNEL IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER program will be presented by Jerry Jackson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is a Clinton native and will share his personal memories and research on Lock & Dam # 13, located just north of the City of Fulton.

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM:  Jay Wolf, a local photographer will present a PowerPoint presentation on his photography.  He will show the variety of animals that live in our vicinity.  Copies of his works will be for sale. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM:   “THE CLINTON HISTORY CLUB: WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?”  This recently-organized club is completing a successful year of providing informative tours and programs on the history of Clinton.  Co-chairmen John Rowland and Gregg Obren have coordinated the activities.  Onsite presentations are held at the Ericksen Center.  The Fulton Historical Society is interested in teaming up the Clinton History Club and share in their activities and add some additional programing on the western side of the Mississippi River. 

Additional Sunday Programs to be announced soon -  

Questions?  Call 563-321-0318


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 7:00 PM

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.  Please contact Barbara Mask for more information:  815-589-3809 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 (Please leave a message if no answer.)
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Due to COVID-19, the Fulton (Martin House) Museum is closed until further notice. 

2:00pm - 4:00pm Sundays

The Museum is available other times by appointment.   

Contact 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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