New Madrid County is one of Missouri's five original counties on the Mississippi river. New Madrid County boasts Old South traditions and offers historic attractions, dining, shopping, lodging, and recreational opportunities.
New Madrid County has a humid subtropical climate with hot humid summers and normally mild winters. Temperatures in New Madrid County Port range from an average high of 26°C (80°F) in July and August to an average low of about 0°C (32°F) in January. Humidity levels range from just under 90% in August and September to an average low of about 78% in March and April. Snowfall can come to New Madrid County from November to early April and reaches a peak of almost 4 inches in January.
Located in the old Kendall Saloon on the Mississippi River in New Madrid County, the New Madrid Historical Museum, captures the history of the community from the Mississippian period through the early 20th Century. Museum collections document the 1811-1812 earthquakes that struck New Madrid County, and seismographic recordings show continuing activity on the New Madrid fault.
A collection of Native American artifacts tell of the pre-Columbian people that lived in the area. The collection of Civil War Artifacts includes weaponry, equipment, clothing, and letters, much of it donated by residents of New Madrid County as well as a display on the Civil War Battle of Island No. 10. The Family Living exhibit depicts New Madrid County life in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. The museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 9am until 5pm (Sundays from noon to 5pm). During December, January, and February, museum hours are 10am until 4pm (Sundays from noon to 4pm). There is an admission charge, and group rates are available.