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Historic Daniel Boone Home
Highway F
Defiance, MO

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Christmas Candlelight Tours at Daniel Boone Home
DEFIANCE, MO, (SLFP.com), November 7, 2014 - Join Lindenwood University's Historic Daniel Boone Home and Heritage Center as it celebrates the holiday season with its annual Christmas Candlelight Tours on December 5, 6, 12, and 13, 2014.

This 4-night event is a celebration of past Christmas traditions and life on the American frontier. The Christmas Candlelight Tours will be an open walk format, with the exception of the Boone Home. After first visiting the Boone Home, guests are free to visit and enjoy the historic buildings in the village at their own pace.

Step back in time to the year 1819. Christmas is nearly here. The people in town are preparing for Christmas as their family traditions have taught them. View the Boone Home and the village decorated and lit with thousands of candles to create a one of a kind atmosphere full of holiday cheer and good tide.

As visitors make their way through the candlelit village, they will see the traditions of different cultures and see how the special holiday was celebrated on the frontier. Artisans, musicians, and town folk populate the village singing carols and playing favorite Christmas tunes. Hot apple cider and cookies will be served to all guests.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on December 5, 6, 12 and 13, with the first tour starting at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children (age 4-11), children age 3 and under are free. Advanced tickets are now on sale through December 1, 2014 for a discounted rate. Reservations are recommended, but not required.

Daniel Boone Home
The Daniel Boone Home, located in Defiance, MO, was hand-built with limestone from a nearby Missouri quarry and black walnut. See feature page on Pioneer Days at Daniel Boone Home

Drawing Room
The drawing room features Daniel's writing desk. His famous portrait hangs over one of seven black walnut mantels hand-carved by Boone. The couch, cc. 1650, is made of apple wood hand carved by Daniel's grandfather.
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."

Historic Tablet
Historic Marker at the Daniel Boone Home.
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.

Special Events:
Pioneer Days (archived feature of fall event)
Christmas Candlelight Tour (December)

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