Unless time travel ever becomes possible, there's no way to experience the past but at History Alley at the Newton County Historical Museum during the annual Neosho Fall Festival last weekend, visitors came close.

Unless time travel ever becomes possible, there's no way to experience the past but at History Alley at the Newton County Historical Museum during the annual Neosho Fall Festival last weekend, visitors came close.
With the museum open for guided tours, living history filled the grounds of the museum park. Modes of transportation ranged from a wagon on display to vintage Model T Ford early motor cars.
The rural schoolhouse was open with historical displays and traditional music rang out from the musicians on the front porch of the log cabin.
Tasks that were once daily for pioneer housewives were ongoing from laundry the old fashioned way with a washboard and tub to spinning wool for later weaving.  Once the laundry was washed, it was hung out to dry in the bright fall sunshine.
On the far edge of the historical park, a volunteer dressed in Union blue manned a Civil War era medic tent.
Students from the Neosho Future Farmers of America (FFA) program brought in animals for a petting zoo including a goat named Jim Bob and animals that would have been common on a 1800's farm including sheep, turkeys, and a calf,
A mountain man encampment brought to life the 1840s and made it easy to envision that era. Tomahawk throwing competitions were held with the public invited to try a careful hand. Other mountain men demonstrated hides and other activities from the past.
The aroma of cowboy coffee wafted through the air at the Circle R Bar G Chuck Wagon. Chuck wagon cooks Rick and Gail Locke had coffee over the fire along with cowboy chili ready to dish up to the hungry. The Lockes have been in the chuck wagon business since 2015 offering authentic Western cooking and barbecue. Their usual fare consists of chili, stew, biscuits and gravy, cobbler and coffee.
Guided tours of the Newton County Historical Museum were held on Saturday along with the History Alley events.
For those who missed the jaunt into history, the Newton County Historical Museum is open year round. For details and exact hours, phone (417) 451-4940.
The museum is housed in the 1880's former Newton County Sheriff's home. At the time it was built, the county jail was adjacent to the building.
The Newton County Historical Museum is located at 121 North Washington Street just off the historic Square in downtown Neosho.