The Daniel Boone Home and Boonesfield Village bring the story of Daniel Boone to life and help visitors to envision life on the frontier.
Today, the historic Daniel Boone Home overlooks the Boonefield Village which is a simulated town with several nineteenth century buildings. Each building has been moved to the site from within fifty miles of the local area.
Buildings such as the general store, school house, and grist mill offer a peek into life on the Missouri frontier. This destination is an all-day adventure that will impress everyone. The day promises to be both fun and educational and entertaining. While visiting, travelers will find a good choice of restaurants, B&B's, wineries, other historic places to visit.
The Boone Home Tour “focuses on the two-hundred-year-old, Georgian-style home of Daniel Boone. A guided walk starts with several points of interest before entering the home. Once inside, visitors will experience three floors of the home including the kitchen, parlor, and Daniel Boone's bedroom.”
The Boonefield Village Tour “focuses on the Boonefield Village, which is a collection of over a dozen nineteenth-century buildings brought to this site to represent life in the 1800's. Visitors tour four-to-five historic buildings learning what life was like on the Missouri frontier. The village buildings include the schoolhouse, the Old Peace Chapel, the grist mill, and the general mercantile, to name a few.”
Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky, which was then part of Virginia-but, on the other side of the mountains from the settled areas. Despite resistance from American Indian tribes, Boone blazed his Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina and Tennessee into Kentucky in 1775.
Boone served in the Virginia General Assembly during the Revolutionary War. He was a sheriff and held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Later, Boone worked as a surveyor and merchant. He lost a large sum of his money through Kentucky land speculation. At the invitation of the Spanish, the family immigrated to Missouri (then upper Louisiana) in 1779. He spent most of the last two decades of his life (1800–1820) in Defiance.
Born in Pennsylvania in 1734, Daniel was one of 11 children born to Quakers, Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan. When Daniel Boone came to settle in Missouri, he was 65 years old. He brought his wife, Rebecca, and several of his children.
Daniel acquired several hundred acres near the Boone home. The home was, in fact, the home of Boone's youngest son, Nathan Boone. Boone and Rebecca spent their time living in their son's home rather than on their own nearby property. The home took several years to construct.
The house is four stories tall and the limestone walls are two and one-half feet thick. The thickness of the walls would protect the family in case of an attack from Indians.
He was appointed judge of the region. Be sure to check out “the hanging tree” in Boone's front yard. When visiting the old home pay particular attention to the excellent craftsmanship of the interior detail of the rooms done by the Boone men.
Missouri provided the Boone family with all the essentials they needed to survive: good land that was farmable and bountiful with trees and plants, natural water source, and plenty of game to hunt for food. All of these were essential to living on the frontier.
Boone spent his final years in the company of his children and grandchildren. As health permitted, he hunted and trapped in the nearby woods. Daniel Boone passed away in the home in 1820.
The Historic Daniel Boone Home and Boonefield Village is owned and operated by Lindenwood University.
The site's mission is to “provide a center for fully integrated learning on all education levels; to preserve and protect the historic structures, collections, and natural resources that comprise the facility; and to interpret the early American frontier experience in Missouri as exemplified by the Boone family and their contemporaries.”
The Boone Home brings glimpses of the legacy of Daniel Boone to visitors. He once said, “Nature here was a series of wonders, and a fund of delight.”