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