Trip Ideas: Haunted Places and Historical Sites in St. Charles
Experience the charm and beauty of a city that has been welcoming visitors since 1769. Saint Charles, a city along the Missouri River, holds a unique perspective, features beautiful historical sites to visit, friendly people and even a few haunted places.
Morning
Six blocks West of the Missouri River, Crooked Tree Coffee House serves everything espresso and coffee. A full breakfast menu and fresh pastry selection is available daily.
559 First Capitol Drive, St. Charles MO 63301, 636-669-5282
Hours: Sun.-Tue., 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Wed.-Sat. 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Located just a block away from the Missouri River, one of the must-see historical sites to visit in St. Charles, this building housed Missouri's first state government from 1821 until 1826, before Jefferson City became the capital. Governmental chambers, a residence, the governor's office and a dry goods store have been restored.
200 S. Main St., St. Charles MO 63301, 636-940-3322
Hours: Hours vary by month.
St. Charles played an important role in the journey of Lewis and Clark, so naturally, there are historical sites to visit in their honor, including the Boat House, Museum and Nature Center. This educational facility has exhibits on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Missouri River ecosystem. Something for all ages. The museum houses full-size replicas of the keelboat and pirogues used by Lewis and Clark. There is a bookstore and gift shop. School field trips and bus tours are welcome.
1050 S. Riverside Drive, St. Charles MO 63301, 636-947-3199
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Evening
The Foundry Art Centre is a fine arts gallery overlooking the Missouri River, in the Frenchtown district of Historic St. Charles.
520 North Main Center, St. Charles MO 63301, 636-255-0270
Hours: Tue.-Thu., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Main Street St Charles seems to have more than its share of mysterious manifestations and haunted places. Visit some of these haunted places where ghostly activity has been reported. Ghosts, history and local legends are discussed during while touring these haunted places of St. Charles.
101 South Main St., St. Charles MO 63301, 314-374-6102
Hours: Tours: Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Other times by appointment.
Afternoon
You know there are historical sites to visit on Main Street when the word “Historic” becomes synonymous with it. Once named the “Williamsburg of the West” by Southern Living magazine, St. Charles’s Main Street region is Missouri's first and largest nationally registered historic district. Running parallel to the Missouri River, the brick-paved streets are home to one-of-a-kind shops located in restored buildings that date to the 1800s..
230 S. Main St., St. Charles MO 63301, 636-946-7776
Hours: Hours vary by business: Generally, Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Producing wines, from French hybrid and native wine grapes, all grown in Missouri, for more than 20 years. Sample award-winning Little Hills Wines. The tasting room and restaurant are located on Historic Main Street.
501 S. Main St., St. Charles MO 63301, 636-946-9165
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-9 p.m.