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“The real Daniel Boone story in his home.”

The Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Defiance
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park features the home of the legendary hero Daniel Boone and his family. The four-story, Georgian style home was built in the 1800's overlooking the Femme Osage Valley. The home, even by today's standards, is still considered large. The village, located behind the home, is comprised of over a dozen 19th century buildings including the Old Peace Chapel, grist mill, schoolhouse, and carpenter's shop. Together these buildings help visitors understand life on the Missouri frontier. As a county park, visitors are welcome to walk around the grounds at their leisure. Guided tours are available of the Boone Home and/or village. Group tours and school group programs available with reservations. Not all buildings are handicap accessible. The Old Peace Chapel is available to rent for weddings and private services. The enhanced shelter is also available for evening rentals.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Sydney, Australia
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“The real Daniel Boone story in his home.”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

Located a comfortable hour's drive from St Louis in the fertile farming hills around Defiance MO, this historic site consists of the main Boone home, where DB spent much of his married and adult life, with a collection of period built or relocated historic homes that make up a small village setting.

The home is wonderfully presented early 1800s pioneer living that the guides successfully bring to life. You can feel the history that embraces you in this peacefull corner where this great man lived and roamed the country from to live his at times nomadic hunter's life. It pushes aside the TV archetype and brings the true hardship and exceptional home making and survival skills this early Amerian pioneer family had.The home is intact and unmolested.

The location is tranquil and just wonderful to sit under a tree and take in.

The pioneer village is a little ordinary, a great concept that's a little sterile and not yet presented well. It looks as it is, a relocated set of wonderful buildings in a characterless field.

But don't let that distract you from the wonderful location and the incredible Boone homes.

Visited February 2012
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Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Superb Way to Celebrate Christmas”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

This was our second year to take the candle light tour of the Daniel Boone Home and Village. The candle light tour is completely different than the regular tours of the home and village and are only offered the first two weekend evenings in December. All of the paths are illuminated by candles which makes a breath-taking view of the village area. Guides escort small groups to many of the village buildings where they learn about French and German Christmas celebrations; however, it's not a regular tour--the visitors listen in on folks who converse with each other. It's like eve's dropping in on a family or group. The 90 tour is $15 and is worth every penny. Guests also receive hot-chocolate and cookies at one of the stops. This event is, in my opinion, the best Christmas event in the St. Louis area. It's not commercialized nor is it overly crowded. It combines beauty with history and is a perfect family activity. It is not, however, a place for people who cannot walk a bit. You have to be able to climb steps to enter the houses.

Visited December 2012
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St Louis, MO
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“Interesting and Fun”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

A great place to learn about a stalwart pioneer, frontiersman. He was a true leader and many people wanted him to start settlements near them, because they knew he could get them going and protect them.
In the pic of the home, notice the little black boxes next to the windows? Those are for muskets and they pivot around so you can shoot in any direction while being protected against being shot.
They have collected several older homes from throughout the area and there is actually a community set up there, sort of like New Salem, Il where Lincoln lived. Pretty cool.
The guides are very informative and they have some shows and exhibits.

Visited August 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Daniel Boone spent the last years of his life here”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

After leaving St Louis we decided to visit the Daniel Boone on our way to Jefferson City. The drive was very nice – lots of trees and a windy road and rolling hills.
We arrived on a beautiful sunny day. Could not have been more perfect. This complex is on the National Register of Historic Places. The village has structures that are 19th century buildings that were moved here. All of them were in a radius of 50 miles originally. There are animals also, including a horse, chickens and sheep. The home and village is owned and operated by Lindenwood University.

There is a 15 minute video to see in the theater before the tour.

Our tour guide was a young man who did a great job explaining the history of the area and the house. The cost was $10 for the tour. We learned that Boone arrived here when he was 65 years old. He lived here for 20 years until his death. When he arrived he didn't have much money. He came to live with his son Nathan. We were able to tour the whole house, 1st floor, upstairs and basement. Daniel Boone did not look like Fess Parker, by the way. He did not wear a coonskin cap! Much of what people think they know is fiction.


We saw the judgment tree that Boone would hold "court" in the discus disputes. He was appointed the Commandant of the regions.

We are glad that we stopped.

Visited May 2012
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edwardsville, Illinois, USA
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“History at it's best!”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

We visit Daniel Boone Home and Boonesfield Village about once a year, and we never tire of it. Many times there festivals here filled with people on site living in period clothing and activities. A beautiful little white church too.

Visited December 2011
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