the steps of Daniel Boone
Boonesfield Village — Defiance, MO
In 1799, Daniel Boone led his
family from Kentucky to the picturesque Femme Osage Valley located
near Defiance. There, Daniel and his son Nathan built a four-story,
Georgian-style limestone home modeled after Daniel’s boyhood
home in Pennsylvania.
Nathan sold the home in 1837 and
several families lived there for nearly a century. In 1998, the Andrae
family, who owned the property at that time, donated it to Lindenwood
Since then, the university has
expanded beyond the home tour by adding Boonesfield Village to its
preservation efforts. The quaint village situated behind the Boone
home allows visitors to catch a glimpse into early 19th-century life
on the Missouri frontier.
The settlement is comprised of
more than a dozen historic buildings, with more to be added. Visitors
will see a log schoolhouse, log general store, log barn, gristmill
shop on the tour.
Another highlight of the village
is Old Peace Chapel, which is a charming relic
of local Americana. The original structure was built between 1838 and
1860 just five miles from the Boone home. Moved to the village in 1983,
it has been restored to pristine condition. A working pipe organ and
church bell add to the chapel’s charm and the numerous weddings
that are held there each year.
Many events are held on the site
each year, such as Oregon Trail Days in March or Pioneer Days in September,
where reenactors in period costume demonstrate life in the 1800s.
Daniel Boone Home and Boonesfield Village are open daily from 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. For prices and information, call (636) 798-2005 or log