Thursday, December 27, 2018

Photographing Christmas in Historic St. Charles

Historic St. Charles, Missouri main street sign photo by mbgphoto

One of my favorite Christmas outings is a walk down Main  Street in downtown St Charles, Missouri.  This charming town was built on the banks of the Missouri river.  I wrote about this town in a previous post World Wide Photo Walk
In that post you see the town decked out in their fall décor.

In this post I will give you a brief history of the town and then share my photos taken during early December.

A Brief History of St. Charles

Here is a few of the highlights of St. Charles history. If you'd like to know more, check out the link below.

  • Founded in 1769 by French-Canadian fur trader Louis Blanchette
  •  In 1804 on the banks of the Missouri river, Lewis and Clark met here to begin their westward expedition.
  • In 1818 Saint Philippine Duchesne established first free girls school west of the Mississippi.
  • Between 1821-1826 St. Charles served as Missouri's first capital.
  • Today it is a destination for over one million visitors each year.

Mad Hatter shop in St. Charles, Missouri photo by mbgphoto

Conservatory for Weddings

Conservatory for Weddings in St. Charles, Missouri photo by mbgphoto

Before we started our walk  down Main Street we stopped by the Conservatory a greenhouse turned into a wedding venue.  It was my first visit and I found it a delightful setting for small weddings.  Below is a shot looking toward the front of the greenhouse.

greenhouse in St. Charles, Missouri photo by mbgphoto

Photos from our Walk down the Historic Streets

After visiting the Conservatory  we proceeded down Main Street to photograph the historic buildings in their Christmas décor.  I was especially drawn to the windows and doors as you can see in the photos below.

shop window in St. Charles, Missouri photo by mbgphoto

decorated window in St. Charles, Missouri photo by mbgphoto

Christmas decorations around door in St. Charles, Missouri photo by mbgphoto

Christmas decorations around window in St. Charles, Missouri photo by mbgphoto

Christmas door decorations on restaurant in St. Charles, Missouri photo by mbgphoto

Zazzle Products from Main Street Photos

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  1. St. Charles looks like a wonderful town to visit and photograph, especially at Christmas. Such a great way to get into, or hold onto, the festive spirit of Christmas. Towns that decorate for Christmas are simply enchanting.

  2. I feel the same way. Love the look of charming small towns as they put on their festive airs. I have noticed that especially small 'historic' towns tend to do this. You live in a lovely area, Mary Beth.

  3. What a charming town! Thank you for showing us this historic town of St. Charles, Missouri!

  4. Mary Beth you always take me on some wonderful adventures. I am starting a list of places to go when I next head south to your lovely States. Now I need to find the time to take in all the sights that you have so graciously shared with me.......planning, planning and more planning.

  5. What an absolutely lovely place. I would love to join you in that walk.

  6. I always enjoy your photo tours, Mary Beth. I will probably never get to see St. Charles except through your camera lens. I'd also like to take that walk with you. I think St. Charles has that same civic spirit my town of Paso Robles does.


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