Ashley County Museum Rental Policies and Procedures


Welcome to the newly refurbished Ashley County Museum.  We are very proud of our facility and hope we can help your special event be memorable.

The Ashley County Museum is first and foremost a museum for the preservation and collection of relevant Ashley County artifacts.  Our first responsibility therefore is to our treasures and collections which includes this wonderful piece of architecture, the Watson House.  The rental of this facility may in no way interfere with public visitation or our exhibits.  

We are a non-profit organizations and all donations are welcomed.  Contact the Ashley County Museum to book an event or to check availability.  870-853-2244 

Ashley County Historical Society Member Discount

Anyone who has been an Ashley County Historical Society member for 6 months or longer, and has attended 50% of the regularly scheduled meetings in that time, is entitled to a 20% discount on all rental rates.  

Consider the museum for your next event!


Portrait Photography

Portrait photography is permitted free of charge on the grounds of the Ashley County Museum. It is requested that the photographer coordinate with the Museum staff prior to the photo session. 

Portrait photography inside the Ashley County Museum is available at a charge of $50.  Again, photographers must call ahead to schedule times.  There is no charge for portraits taken inside the museum for those renting the facility for a related event. 


Facility renters are responsible to ensure that their guests, attendees and work staff display proper respect of Museum property, furnishings and landscaping.  That respect should also extend to our neighbors and their property.

Smoking is not allowed on premises.


Alcohol should only be served in a responsible manner.  (No underage drinking.)  Champagne may be set up inside the Museum in the Den/Kitchen area.  (Be aware that Hamburg has an ordinance regarding drinking in public.  Ask about it if you are concerned.) 


Flower arrangements may be created outside the Museum.  The use of staples or nails is strictly prohibited.  Live plants rented for use on the grounds must be left outside until picked up.  Our archival policy prohibits the use of live plants or burning candles inside the Museum, due to the hazards to our facility and exhibits posed by insect infestation and fire hazard.  


Small ensembles are permitted to play inside the Museum; however, amplified music and group dancing are not permitted in the house.  Outside bands, disc jockeys, amplified music and dancing are permitted, but all music must cease by 11:00 PM, since we are located in a residential area.


Avoid parking on lawns and brickwork.

All events end by midnight with all items removed that night.