Historic Daniel Boone Home
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DEFIANCE, MO, (SLFP.com), September 7, 2014 - The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center will be hosting an event called Pioneer Days on September 20 - 21, 2014.
The event begins both days at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (55 and older), and $6 for children (age 4-11). Step back into the early 1800s and witness what life was like on the Missouri Frontier.
The site's historic village will be transformed into a living history town filled with pioneer men and women carrying out their daily tasks. Visitors will be able to meet the town's carpenter, potter, store clerk, blacksmith, schoolmarm and more. The Historic Daniel Boone Home will be open during the event and will feature Daniel Boone and his biographer John Filson.
Activities and special programs will also take place throughout the day, including period music, Lila the slave, historic surveying, cannon demonstrations, blacksmithing, pottery, Dutch oven cooking, and more. Children are encouraged to stop by the "Children's village". Children activities will include tomahawk throwing, sack races, tug-of-war tournaments, pie-eating contests, hay mazes, candle dipping, and period games.
Located at 1868 Highway F in Defiance, Missouri, the Daniel Boone Home is the house in which the legendary explorer and frontiersman, Daniel Boone, spent his final years. The four-story Georgian-style home was built overlooking the Femme Osage Valley. The adjoining village contains over a dozen other 19th century building that have been moved from the surrounding area and are used to represent town life on the frontier.
Lindenwood University uses the site to educate both visitors and students about the importance of Daniel Boone, his family, and the time period in which he lived.
Experience Missouri's Frontier at Daniel Boone Home
DEFIANCE, MO, (SLFP.com) - 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 some 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 school house, a chairmaker's shop, 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 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.
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