We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“within walking distance of Arch” 4 of 5 stars
Review of First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

No photo provided
Got a photo?
Add it.
First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site
200 South Main Street, Saint Charles, MO
636-940-3322
Website
Improve this listing
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Attraction details
Central KY
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“within walking distance of Arch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

worth the time and short walk from the Arch. self directed tour but there is a park ranger available to answer questions. City Garden is within walking distance.

Visited August 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

19 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    11
    8
    0
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Saint Charles, Missouri
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“For history buffs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

When Missouri achieved statehood in 1821, its constitution stipulated that the capital be located within 40 miles of the mouth of the Osage River. That site turned out to be Jefferson City, but in 1821 there was nothing there, so the new government needed a place to meet. The residents of the small French fur-trapping village of St. Charles offered a free meeting place and the state government moved here from St. Louis. The building they used for the legislative meeting space and governor's office was saved from demolition by the state in 1961 and restored to how it may have appeared in 1821. The lower level was a dry-goods store and a residence for its owners. The tour shows you the space used by the government as well as the residence and store. The spaces are furnished with period furniture and the store features items typical of a store of that type and period. Together, they give the visitor a glimpse at life in the 1820s. The tour includes an explanation of Missouri's route to statehood, slavery's role in the debate, and how it was another step in the nation's march toward civil war.

Visited July 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hermann, Missouri
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
29 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Learn lots of historical trivia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This is the site of the first MO state capital. The tour guide was very informative and toured us through all of the buildings on the site grounds. It was very authentic and took you back in the times of when it was a working capital. Learned lots of historical trivia

Visited July 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Saint Louis, Missouri
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
23 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Full of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Walking up and down Main Street along with a nice riverfront park offers something for everyone. Main Street has many restaurants and other drinking establishments. Main Street also offers a different variety of shops and offices. On many of the buildings is a plaque offering a pIcture of what each building looked lIke at one time along with a short story of what each building was used for. As mentioned, located behind Main Street is a tree lined park to walk through or sit in. Many festivals are held throughout the year on Main Street itself and/or in the park. A suggestion is to arrive early for any of the festivals as parking can become a real challenge.

Visited May 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Springfield, Missouri, United States
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great local vacation Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Food-Food-Food of ALL kinds- Trendy shop to see. Outside cafe's & Patio Bars. right on the River. Casinos right their. Some excellent antique shops. We have even participated in Civil War living history events. Their is everthing to see & do.

Visited March 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site also viewed

 

Been to First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.