The Historic Daniel Boone Home

Daniel Boone Home

On a beautiful Sunday, Dan and I visited “The Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park.” This historic site is in Defiance, Missouri, only about 40 minutes from our home. The site is operated by St. Charles County Parks.

This historic home, built between 1816 and 1818 actually belonged to Daniel Boone’s son, Nathan. Daniel did receive a land grant of 850 acres located about five miles away from Nathan’s home.

However, Daniel lost his land grant when he did not develop the property. Instead, he spent his later years dividing his time among his three grown children. This site is considered to be Daniel Boone’s home as he lived here, and this is where he chose to go when he knew his life was coming to an end.

Our tour guide in The Parlor.
Paul in The Parlor

Our day at the historic site began with a tour of the home. We had an excellent tour guide, Paul, who told stories and actively involved everybody, particularly the two children in our group.

The home seems to be amazingly well built; it is thought the home took seven years to complete using both family and slave labor. The walls of the home are 2 1/2 feet thick. The wooden floors upstairs are original as well as the impressive mill work on the fireplace mantels.

Next we entered “The Sitting Room.” This room could have also served as a kitchen and dining room. There are three pieces of furniture original to the home: the spinning wheel, the rocking chair (in front of the fireplace), and the settee. You can get an idea of the thickness of the walls by looking at the windows.

The Sitting Room

Upstairs in the home are two bedrooms, including Daniel Boone’s bedroom where he died on September 26, 1820. He was 85 years old.

Daniel Boone’s Bedroom

The home actually has three levels with the kitchen and the dining room being in the lowest level. In today’s terms, the home would be described as having a walk-out basement. This basement and the back porch of the house overlook a large, rectangular meadow where over a dozen historic buildings have been reconstructed along its edges.

The Kitchen
The Dining Room
Back of Daniel Boone’s Home
View from the Back Porch

After our tour concluded, Dan and I walked around the historic village. The buildings, which make up the village, date back to the 1800s and were originally located within five miles of this property. This historic village encourages visitors to imagine what life would have been like back on the frontier. The buildings include a chapel, a carpenter shop, a blacksmith shop, a gunsmith shop, general store, gristmill and more.

Grist Mill
1846
Horizontal Walking Wheel Mill.
This is the gear.

The day we visited, most of the buildings were not open. There were a few we could go in; some we could peer into the window. There are special days where some of the buildings are open and staffed with interpreters.

Mount Hope School
1837
Inside of Mount Hope School

People can walk the grounds, including the historic village, for free. However, to see the inside of the home, a tour must be purchased. There is a “Self Guided Tour” booklet which is available for free inside the gift shop. This booklet covers both the house and the historic village. We really enjoyed our time at the Daniel Boone home, and if you like to explore the frontiers of the past, you will, too.

Betty and Dan
at The Historic Daniel Boone Home
at Lindenwood Park

29 comments

    • I was surprised, too, at how nice the house was. The mill work was just beautiful and very detailed, and it is all original. The home was a number of storage closets built in. I am not sure what the tv series is that you are referring to, and I’m sorry you are so shattered. 😉 Maybe you can have a good day anyway.

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    • Thank you, Terry. Saying my photos are excellent is a real compliment coming from you! I did learn how to use the “panorama” option on my camera recently. The parlor and the bedroom were done using this feature. The functionality (using the arrow keys) is lost when I upload the picture to WordPress, but the picture still comes out nicely. Enjoy your Saturday!

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  1. Another interesting adventure! Can you imagine preparing meals in that kitchen? I noted your new use of panorama, and applaud you! I cannot decide if Dan is the school master welcoming the kids to class, or if he decided on further education and you just dropped him off for his first day–either way, it is a great picture! It appears he was able to get through the door without ducking?

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    • On one of the fireplaces, Paul showed us a built in “arm” on which a pot could be hung. The arm swung out to make accessing the pot easier. Cooking meals would have been much more difficult than using our air fryer! Dan was just encouraging all to come to the school. Not sure if he had to duck to enter; he couldn’t remember. He ducks so often without even thinking about it. At this point, Dan’s further education is in the “School of Travel Trailer Travel.” He has enthusiasm for visiting places and learning whatever the place has to offer. He gets an A in my book! 🙂 Thanks for your applause for the panorama picture; I was pleased with how it turned out.

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  2. We drive right by when we visit my husband’s family, but never took the time to stop. St. Louis means we still have 1 1/2 hrs to drive until we arrive at destination. We need to make time to visit places like this or I let Betty do it and learn about it in her posts. 🙂

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    • You’re more than welcome. The downstairs, where the kitchen was, in this home had two fireplaces. One by the dining table, and another in the kitchen around the corner. I would guess they may have used both fireplaces for cooking. It is fun to try to imagine what life was like so long ago.

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    • You are very welcome. Who knows where you’ll go? I do have a “Local” tab on the website’s main page. Safe travels, and have a good week ahead!

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    • Glad you enjoyed it, Gary. Our tour guide mentioned some kind of stat citing Daniel Boone as being 4th – perhaps in the number of 18th century Americans for whom biographies had been written. Or something along those lines. I did not realize there was so much written about him. The home was very impressive.

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  3. I’ve always been interested in frontiersmen like Dave Crockett and Daniel Boone. As a child I romanticized about living during those times and being “the king of the wild frontier.” I recall doing a book report on a Daniel Boone biography when I was in grade school. I would love to visit the Historic Daniel Boone Home someday. Thank you for sharing.

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    • I used to get Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone mixed up. Our guide did mention that there were many, many biographies written about Daniel Boone. He was number 4 on some list. I did enjoy our visit there. The house was very impressive, and I learned some things about history and Daniel Boone. That’s a good day in my book. 🙂

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