The inside of a Missouri attraction brochure held a quote that captured my attention.
Curiosity is natural to the soul of man and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections- Daniel Boone
We all read in our American history books about Daniel Boone. Boonesfield Village in Defiance, Missouri brings the history books to life. Not only is this a living museum, but it is also an educational institution as the Boone Campus of Lindenwood University.
Learn the story of the Boone family’s fascinating history and glimpse the same landscape that Daniel Boone himself admired each day during the last years of his life. The Boone Home is a four story Georgian style mansion that overlooks the Femme Osage Valley. The grounds surrounding the home have been turned into an example of 19th century living, including historical buildings such as schoolhouse, a carpenter’s shop, a grist mill, and the Old Peace Chapel.
The house is a sight in itself. The lower floor is where the kitchen and eating are were placed. The burned stones near the fireplace still held the scent of a fire. The scored wood table sat as if waiting for a family to take its place for dinner. Upstairs, on the main level, the house took on another form, that of colonial elegance with two wing chairs placed in front of a fireplace and dark wood floors showing the signs of the many visitors that walked them. Daniel Boone’s bed, the one in which he passed away, still sits made up, as if waiting for his return.
A recent archeological dig uncovered what is believed to be the site of a slave cabin, set almost right next to the Boone Home. It is a grim reminder of the human hands that built the home that brings in visitors today. Their history is being told along with that of Daniel Boone’s, so that all will remember how this area of land was explored, settled, and built.
Students and family travelers will enjoy a tour of the Boone Home, that focuses on the history of the home and the Boone family. Special events throughout the year place visitors in the middle of living history. During these events, the grounds and valley come to life with music and children’s laughter. Take a visit to Defiance, Missouri and explore just as Daniel Boone did.
Photos by Shannon Hurst Lane