Places of Interest – Historic Daniel Boone Home

February 13th, 2019 by National Genealogical Society Blog Editor

For a look into Missouri’s frontier past, visit the Historic Daniel Boone Home, a short drive from St Charles, in Defiance, Missouri.

Overlooking the Femme Osage Valley, the Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park is nestled among the rolling hills of Missouri wine country. It is to this picturesque spot that Daniel Boone arrived in Missouri at the age of 65 with his wife Rebecca and several of their children. Though bearing his name, the home on this property did not belong to Daniel Boone, but to his youngest son, Nathan. The home, constructed by Nathan, stands four stories tall. Limestone walls measuring 2.5 feet thick provided protection from possible attack by Indians living nearby. Although Daniel owned 850 acres about four miles from this location, he spent much of his time at Nathan’s home; and he died here on 26 September 1820.

The Historic Daniel Boone Home overlooks the Village, a town comprised of more than a dozen 19th century buildings representing life in the early 1800’s. A general store, schoolhouse, and grist mill offer a peek into Missouri frontier life as experienced by the Boone family and their neighbors. While not native to the site, each historic building originated from within 50 miles of the park. Self-guided tours of the village are free, but there is a charge to tour the Home.  A gift shop on the property offers the opportunity to purchase books and items related to the life and times of Daniel Boone and his family.

The Daniel Boone Home is located at 1868 Highway F in Defiance, Missouri. See the website for a fee schedule. Discounts are offered for seniors and military.

Historic Daniel Boone Home, photo courtesy of Greater St Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau