[Field Trip Friday] : The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center

The Daniel Boone home, Defiance, Missouri; 2015.
The Daniel Boone home, Defiance, Missouri; 2015.

While visiting the St. Louis area this past spring, my mother and I paid a visit to The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center in the beautiful rolling hills near the Missouri River Valley. Daniel Boone, you may recall, was a Virginia statesman, Revolutionary War soldier, frontiersman and folk hero. He is most famous for forging the Wilderness Road, a route used by pioneers from the East to reach Kentucky.

Note the gun port located  next to a first floor window, The Daniel Boone Home, Defiance, Missouri; 2015.
Note the gun port located next to a first floor window, The Daniel Boone Home, Defiance, Missouri; 2015.

The Boone home near Defiance, Missouri actually belonged to Daniel’s son Nathan. Daniel lived his final years here and died in the home on 26 September 1820. The interior of the home can only be seen by guided tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable on Boone’s history and that of the house. Surrounding the home is a small village of historic buildings also available to tour. More information is available on The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center website.

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