Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review of Daniel Boone Home Site in Defiance Missouri

Daniel Boone Home
On a recent April morning a group from our photography club visited Boonesfield Village on the grounds of the Daniel Boone Home in Defiance Missouri.  This area includes the area where Daniel Boone lived his final days and a village of shops, a church, schoolhouse and homes all built in the 1800's in mid- Missouri and moved to the Daniel Boone site.  The buildings are set up to give us a peek into what frontier life was like in 19th century Missouri.


A Bit of History

Daniel Boone was born in Pennsylvania in 1734, into a family who made their living from hunting.  When things became too crowded in the northeast, they moved to North Carolina and then to Kentucky.  In Kentucky Daniel Boone made his reputation as a great hunter and explorer.  He also held several government jobs and he flourished living in Kentucky.  By 1799 Kentucky was becoming too crowded so Daniel Boone and his family moved to Missouri.  Daniel Boone was 65 when he moved to Missouri.  He lived their until his death in 1820.

Peace Chapel

Peace Chapel

The Old Peace Chapel was built in the 1800's as a dance hall and general store in New Melle, Missouri.  At the turn of the century a German Evangelical church purchased the building and remodeled it into a church in 1983 it was moved to the Daniel Boone site.  Today it is a focal point in the village of 1800's buildings.  It is often used for weddings and renewing of vows.
Here are a few photos I took inside the chapel.

One Room Schoolhouse

I found the one room schoolhouse to be very interesting.  My father attended school in a one room school house in rural mid Missouri and I imagine it was much like this one.  

Inside there is a chalkboard that goes across the front of the classroom.  Across the back of the room is a wood burning fireplace, which is the only heat for the building.

Can you imagine going to school in this tiny schoolhouse where all grades were educated in one room?

Sites around the Village

Here are photos of several of the other buildings in the village.  An old covered bridge is on the property.

Here is one of the barns.



How would you like to use this washing machine on laundry day?
This is the Newton Howell Home


Beautiful Spring Flowers

I loved all the spring flowers that brightened up the village.  The vase of wildflowers in the last photo was sitting in the window in the general store.



For more information on the Daniel Boone Historic site and directions to the property go to The-Historic-Daniel-Boone-Home

Zazzle Card

Here is a notecard made from my photos.




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7 comments:

  1. How very cool! My husband would love visiting this site and seeing all of the old buildings. We will have to plan a trip to Defiance, Missouri soon. I love the Peace chapel. I can certainly see why someone would choose to have their wedding ceremony preformed there. What a great place full of history to visit. Thank you for the virtual tour and introduction.

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  2. Thoroughly enjoyed your photographic virtual tour of Daniel Boone's Home Site, Mary Beth. I had to look up Defiance, MO on Google Maps as I couldn't remember where it was. :) I'll have to take that tour one day when I am visiting my daughter in the St. Louis area. :) Love your photographs, as always.

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  3. Thanks Mary Beth for this beautiful tour. I just love history and old things. I'll have to add this to my list of places to visit. As always your photos are beautiful.

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  4. Oh I love to be an armchair traveller, especially when you take me to neat places like this. Love the one room school house. In my dreams I'm that teacher dealing with all those little ones. Thank you for a lovely trip to Missouri, one day I will make that one in person. Thanks Mary Beth, the flowers are beautiful too!

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  5. I would love to visit this historic place. I wish I could have taken my son, but I didn't know about it back when we were driving across the country. I love your photos. I'm sure glad I don't have to use a wringer washing machine like that. My mom had a slightly more modern one. I'll never forget how happy she was when she got her first automatic washer.

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  6. Hi Mary, the photo that says "This is the general store" is actually the Newton Howell Home.

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