The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. -Dr. Seuss
This beautiful building, with its white gingerbread and black iron trim, was the former home of Mary Ellen and Chalon Guard McCoy. Her father, Aaron Guard Cloud (1818-1893) had the house built by the Reid Brothers of Evansville, IN, in 1882-1884. He also owned the Cloud State Bank on the lot next to the house, built in 1880-1882 by the same contractors.
The McCoys had no children or close relatives, and when Mary Ellen, then a widow, died in 1921, she left the building and its contents to the City of McLeansboro for use as a public library. Mrs. McCoy also left an endowment fund of $5,000 for the operation and upkeep of the library.
The second floor houses the museum. Rooms on the second floor have been used as city offices, professional offices, Chamber of Commerce, oil company offices, a photographer’s studio, and apartments. Rooms were used by the Red Cross as an emergency hospital after the tornado of 1925.
There are 9 fireplaces and 9 different kinds of wood throughout the library. It was also one of the 1st houses to have gas lights and running water.