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Michael Dickey, the author of several books on western Missouri history and the leading expert on historical aspects of Arrow Rock, Mo., presents "Vincent Marmaduke: James Bond of the South" at the Fort Davidson State Historic Site.
The Marmaduke family was a leading family in the state and in the Arrow Rock area and Vincent's brother, John, was one of the Confederate generals attacking Pilot Knob in 1864.
Join us for a week-long celebration of our Civil War Sesquicentennial – 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Pilot Knob, with a variety of events scheduled including concerts, speakers, hikes, grand ball, and the battle re-enactment which features "blowing up the fort."
Please visit our website for the latest updates to the scheduled events.
Full-scale reenactments of the Battle of Pilot Knob are staged, attracting tens of thousands of spectators to the Valley. Be sure to make your plans now to attend the next two reenactments scheduled during the Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorations; they are September 27-28, 2014.
The Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Recreation area are rich in Missouri Civil War History. The towns of Pilot Knob, Ironton and Arcadia were of strategic importance as the southern terminus of the St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad. Union soldiers occupied Pilot Knob, the Arcadia Valley region and Black River area throughout the war. Fort Davidson, the target of the Battle of Pilot Knob in 1864, is a hexagonal earthwork constructed by the Union Army and stands 300 yards from the base of Pilot Knob Mountain. The assault on Fort Davidson by Confederate troops left 1,300 soldiers dead, missing or wounded. The fort and site are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Fort Davidson State Historic Site serves as a memorial to those who gave their lives on the battlefield, and the Visitor's Center provides detailed information about the battle through the use of artifacts, a diorama, and film. Additionally, a self-guided driving tour around the Arcadia Valley directs visitors to some of the most significant points on the battlefields. Each stop is marked by a red granite monument. Maps for this tour are available at Fort Davidson State Historic Site.
We welcome everyone to attend this historic, educational and exciting event.
Members of the “St. Louis Levee Ragtime Band” will perform two sets of Dixieland music and “Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers” will perform two sets of music for this Saturday afternoon of festivities, kicking off a week of celebrations for the 150th Remembrance of the Battle of Pilot Knob.
The event will take place at Fort Davidson State Historic Site, is sponsored by Missouri State Parks, with entertainers being paid by a grant through Friends of Fort Davidson from the Edgar Foundation.
Attention pickers. Friday evenings, take your acoustic instruments to the beautiful Arcadia Valley Courthouse Square and be ready to pick and grin – or just come to listen.
Take your own seating.
In June and July, Fort Davidson State Historic Site will host a variety of speakers each Tuesday. The schedule is as follows:
This website offers information about the history of the Civil War in Missouri as the state prepares to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the war, which was fought 1861-1865.
Throughout the site, you'll find details about Civil War battles that took places in Missouri, such as Wilson's Creek and Pilot Knob; the people who played a significant role in the war, such as Ulysses S. Grant and Sterling Price; and resources for educators, where links to lesson plans and teacher's guides are available. Information about upcoming Civil War events around Missouri can be found on the site, which also features videos about the war and its impact on the state.
You'll also find information about Civil War-related attractions in Missouri, such as the Old Courthouse, Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, and Calvary Cemetery, to name a few.
People interested in getting involved with Civil War Sesquicentennial events may use the website to submit their e-mail address if they'd like to receive more information about volunteer opportunities, as those opportunities become available.
We strive to inspire each visitor with its unique combination of scenic beauty and peaceful elegant comfort. Eight circa 1902 brick buildings, on 16 beautiful acres. Guestrooms have a private bathroom, comfortable beds and overstuffed couches.
The bed and breakfast boasts 60 foot balconies which offer beautiful panoramic views of the former Ursuline Academy gardens.
Facilities include the Thee Abbey Kitchen, famous for cinnamon rolls and bread made with fresh ground wheat flour. The adjoining creamery features house-made frozen custard, ice cream treats, and old fashioned candies.
Within 20 minutes of wineries. Shop downtown Ironton for Antiques, and visit the Civil War Battlefield in Pilot Knob.
Visit our website and Facebook page for details, photos, reservations and a schedule of our Murder Mystery shows and other dinner and musical events.
We have three cottages that sleep six, located two miles outside of Ironton, 80 miles southeast of St. Louis. The country setting provides a peace and quiet not found in the city. Walk along Stouts Creek; relax by the pool; float the Black River using canoes, rafts or tubes. Trail rides are on the adjacent property.
The Arcadia Valley offers a variety of outdoor recreation and events. Visit our website for details.
Camping, floating, and live entertainment are offered along a half-mile of riverfront on the Black River. Electric sites are available. Camping includes firewood and entertainment. Day passes are offered. Camping packages and group discounts are available. Wheelchair accessible toilets and showers.
Music and entertainment are offered some weekends. Canoes, rafts and tube rentals. General store on-site. Located 20 minutes from Johnson's Shut-Ins; 15 minutes from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park; 35 minutes from Elephant Rocks State Park; 30 minutes from Fort Davidson State Historic Site.
A rustic, secluded log cabin with loft; sleeps six. It has a European style, two-story fireplace, indoor Jacuzzi brand tub, outdoor hot tub and a large front porch. Bear Cub Cabin is smaller, but also sleeps six. The three-bedroom lodge sleeps 10; it has a red granite, woodburning fireplace, large deck and outdoor hot tub. All units have kitchen and bathroom. The lodgings offer half a mile of private Black River beach front access. Float trips and weekend entertainment are available at Bearcat Getaway Resort. Located 20 minutes from Johnson's Shut-Ins; 15 minutes from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park; 30 minutes from Elephant Rocks State Park; and 25 minutes from Fort Davidson State Historic Site.
Today mingling with yesterday's style of decorating and furnishings. Buy a gift or treat yourself to limited antiques of unusual interest for decorating and collecting or find a more updated style. Enjoy this shopping experience.
At this park, giant, billion-year-old granite boulders stand end-to-end, like a train of red circus elephants. Spend some time reading the names and comments carved into the red granite by 19th century miners who worked in the area.
A self-guiding trail (with Braille signage) winds among these geologic wonders and takes you past what remains of the long-dead mining operation.
Picnic sites and flush restrooms are available.
The park is off of Route 21, four miles north of Pilot Knob.
We are nestled in the beautiful Arcadia Valley of the St Francois Mountains. All guestrooms have 70-channel cable TV and queen beds, micro-fridge, a microwave and Internet; our suites include a sitting area, separate bedroom and a jetted tub.
Our motel overlooks the civil war battlefield at Fort Davidson State Historic Site and visitors' center. We are three miles from Elephant Rocks State Park; eight miles from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park (the highest elevation in Missouri); 14 miles from Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.
Fort Davidson Restaurant is adjacent, serving meals from steaks to seafood, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob was fought here when Confederate troops attacked the earthen fort Sept. 26-27, 1864. More than 1,000 men were killed or wounded in the fierce fighting. The battle ended with the defeat of the Confederate forces. The fort is preserved at the site. Exhibits and a video in the visitor center tell the story. Picnicking is available.
Grounds open sunrise to sunset.
For travelers with disabilities: the Visitor Center is fully ADA compliant; however, some outside features are only partially wheelchair accessible.
This area is for folks who appreciate nature and geology, or are simply looking for a breathtaking view.
The 1.5 billion year-old Precambrian rock outcrops on Hughes Mountain are among the oldest exposed rocks in the United States. A rhyolite formation, known locally as the Devil's Honeycomb, is one of Missouri's geologic wonders; it is the highest point on Hughes Mountain. A short hike takes you there–be sure to take your camera.
Two-thirds of the area is wooded. The area features glades, which are natural openings on western or southern slopes dominated by native grasses and wildflowers. Animals often found on these glades include fence lizards, collared lizards, lichen grasshoppers and prairie warblers.
Hughes Mountain Natural Area is 11 miles south of Potosi on Route 21, then five miles east on Route M; the parking lot is on south side of road, 200 yards east of Cedar Creek Road (CR 541).
Hummingbird Hideaway is a two-bedroom, one-bath cottage in secluded Peola Valley. We offer peace and quiet, complete with a spring-fed creek that runs through our property. Remodeled in 2009, so most everything is new, from kitchen to bath to bedrooms. We provide private access to the Black River. There are hordes of hummingbirds, in season.
The museum is housed in the restored 1941 Ironton-Arcadia Depot. It contains an extensive collection of Arcadia Valley and Iron County artifacts, genealogy records, and photographs. The collection includes the Union battle flag from the Civil War battle of Pilot Knob.
This 1889 bed and breakfast houses three guestrooms with private baths; custom dining. A full breakfast is served. This property is on the National Register of Historic Places. Our inn is located in the Arcadia Valley; we are about 15 minutes from Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and five minutes from Elephant Rocks State Park.
This 1908 farmhouse has four guestrooms. Features include: a hot tub overlooking Stouts Creek; a gazebo; a patio with fire-pit; full breakfast. Located in the Arcadia Valley, two miles from Ironton, on Route 72.
At an elevation of 1,772 feet, this is the highest point in Missouri. The state's highest wet-weather waterfall, Mina Sauk Falls, is a highlight of this scenic rugged park. Primitive camping, hiking and backpacking trails, an accessible overlook and picnicking are offered. The park is located off Route 21, nine miles southwest of Ironton on Route CC.
Basic, walk-in campsites and a special-use camping area are available. Campsites are first-come, first-served. Water is available. Taum Sauk Mountain, Missouri's highest point, is featured in the park along with Mina Sauk Falls, the state's highest waterfall (wet weather only). An overlook, trails and picnicking are offered in this rugged, scenic park. The park is located off Route 21, eight miles southwest of Ironton.
Restored circa 1901 home.Three guestrooms, private bath with two-person jetted tubs. Wraparound porch and balcony. Homemade pastries are always available. We offer carriage rides to our restaurant and to downtown. Nice place for weddings and private events. No smoking indoors. Full breakfast.
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