Step back in time to experience the Missouri frontier of the early 1800s at the historic Daniel Boone Home, in the Femme Osage Valley at Defiance, MO. Visitors can see museum pieces including explorer and statesman Boone’s writing desk, “Long Rifles,” family dishes and period furniture in a special guided tour.
The four-story Georgian-style structure was hand-built with quarried Missouri limestone and black walnut by the Boone family over seven years. The house resembles Daniel’s birthplace in Pennsylvania and ancestral residences in Devon, England. The house was home to Daniel, his wife Rebecca and their ten children.
“Our goal is to preserve our Early American heritage and make it real for children,” said Barb Stum, who is a period hearth cook. Stum delights in explaining how families lived in the early 1800s to school children.
“We want people to get the feel of the way things were back then,” she noted. “When you talk history with dates, places, and people, it can get very boring. However, when children can come in and see first-hand someone spinning or making candles, it really makes an impression.” The Boonesfield Village features seven buildings including a one-room schoolhouse, a chairmaker’s shop, a chapel, and a wealthy merchant’s home.
Strum related a story that Daniel traded his bridle, saddle and horse for 650 acres of land. In 1813, when Daniel was 80, he sent his youngest son, Nathan, to New Orleans to register the property to serve as a “living will.” New Orleans was the seat of government at the time for the Louisiana territory. “So that is why the house is referred to as the Nathan Boone home even though Daniel lived in this house longer than any other home and help build it.”
The house features a private apartment for Daniel and Rebecca so they could have peace and quite, noted Stum. She added that when the house was put back together in the early sixties as a touring home, many of the original family furniture pieces were donated by Boone’s family. Recently, the historic home and village was merged with Lindenwood University. Funds will be used to continue the restoration of the Boone Home, maintain the gardens, restore and put up more old buildings in the village.
The hour and one half tour includes a 25-minute movie, Daniel Boone in Missouri, filmed on location with re-enactors and volunteers. This historical site is located on Highway F, 35 miles west of St. Louis. For directions, group tour rates or information on wedding chapel bookings, call (636) 798-2005.