The old Martin Hotel was established after Samuel and Elizabeth Martin and four children came to Versailles in 1853 from Patrick County, Va.
Stage coaches going from Jefferson City to Springfield used to stop here and guests stayed at the hotel. Soldiers fighting in the Civil War often found board and lodging at the hotel as well - many with I.O.U.s following their names in the register.
Notable people who once stayed at the Martin Hotel include Grover Cleveland, Harry and Bess Truman, Jesse James, Cole Younger and P. T. Barnum.
The Martin Hotel was purchased by the Morgan County Historical Society in 1967 and restored for use as a museum to display artifacts and records of Morgan County.
For more on the interesting history of the hotel, the Martin family and Morgan County, take a tour of the museum. Volunteer guides will take you on a walk through history. The museum is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday May-October. The site is on the National Register of Historical Places and is located at 120 N. Monroe St. in downtown Versailles.