Trip Ideas: Where Gray Ghosts Walked
Several areas in Northwest and Central Missouri are marked on the Gray Ghosts trail, which is so named due to connections with Confederate Guerrilla warfare.
Day One
The entire village of Arrow Rock is listed on the National Register of Historic places. Stops include the restored 1837 home of artist George Caleb Bingham, the Victorian home and gun shop of J.P. Sites, and other historic sites.
309 Main St., Arrow Rock MO 65320, 660-837-3231
Hours: Tours: 10 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Reflections of African-American Arrow Rock, 1865-1960 is a permanent exhibit located in Brown Lodge in the village of Arrow Rock, a National Historic Landmark. Other sites with Civil War history include the Arrow Rock State Historic Site, which features works from Civil War artist George Caleb Bingham, and the Sappington Cemetery State Historic Site, where secessionist Missouri Gov. Claiborne Fox Jackson is buried.
608 Morgan St., Arrow Rock MO 65320, 660-837-3231
Hours: April-October: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
After a day in Arrow Rock, drive to nearby Blackwater, another city with multiple properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel has 10 rooms and a restaurant on-site.
103 Main Street, Blackwater MO 65322, 660-846-2011
Hours: Fri., 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Day Two
See Boonville on a self-guided walking tour, featuring more than 20 points of interest, such as The Old Jail and Hotel Frederick. Boonville was the site of four Civil War battles, with landmarks such as Thespian Hall playing a role.
320 First Street, Boonville MO 65233, 660-882-3967
Hours: Dawn-dusk
In this mural, notice the stagecoach as it represents events leading up to the Centralia Massacre.Flags representing both Union and Confederate forces are included in the mural because Centralia's population was divided during the Civil War. The mural is located at the corner of Railroad and Allen streets; also on Railroad Street is a Gray Ghosts marker at the site of the Centralia Massacre.
Railroad and Allen Streets, Centralia MO 65240, 573-682-2772
Hours: 24 hours
The Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society archives the history of Callaway County. There is a history and genealogy library which holds most regular reference material and additionally, original probate court records, microfilmed local newspapers, photographs and digital access to records and indexes. While you're here, learn the Civil War connection to this county, known as The Kingdom of Callaway.
513 Court St., Fulton MO 65251, 573-642-0570
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; also by appointment.
This 1899 Victorian offers five guestrooms, all with private bath, fireplace, down comforter, fine linens, robes and slippers. The inn features stained glass windows and marble fireplaces.
310 W. Seventh St., Fulton MO 65251, 888-866-6661
Hours: Office: Daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Day Three
He didn't have anything to do with the Civil War, but Winston Churchill is one of the most important figures of the 1900s. From the Loganberry Inn, you're just a few blocks from this incredible piece of history and an inside look at a fascinating figure.
501 Westminster Ave., Fulton MO 65251, 573-592-5369
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; First Thursday of each month: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.