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Driving along the rural highways in southeast Missouri, travelers may notice an abundance of farmland. Amid this farmland, near East Prairie, 1,029 acres of the area's original landscape has been preserved and stands out above the rest.
This island of trees in a sea of agriculture is known as Big Oak Tree State Park. A boardwalk allows visitors to walk alongside champion trees and through wetlands. The interpretive center highlights the park's flora and fauna. Picnic sites and a shelter, as well as hiking trails are available. The park is managed by Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site.
This mansion, built in 1859, is typical of pre-Civil War Mississippi River plantations. It contains 15 rooms; nine fireplaces; 80 percent of Amanda Hunter's original furniture, which may be the largest collection of Mitchell-Rammelsburg furniture in the United States; and historic documents.
Tours: $4; ages 6-12 $2.50; younger than 6, free.
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and January 1.
The name Towosahgy is an Osage word which means "old town," although it is not known if the Osage were the inhabitants of the site. The site was abandoned during the late fourteenth century for unknown reasons.
This 64-acre site holds the remains of a fortified American Indian ceremonial village and trade center. It is believed to have been inhabited from approximately A.D. 400 to A.D. 1350. The site includes several burial mounds and a kiosk that outlines a brief background. This is a self-guided tour.
Ceramic vessels from Towosahgy are displayed at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
Towosahgy: I-55; Route 80 east; Route 77 south; County Road 502, one mile.
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