For those who love local and regional history, St. Charles County Parks has several historic properties that include beautiful homes and more to tour! Please see the locations below.
For questions, please contact the St. Charles County Parks Department at 636-949-7535 or by email, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For updates on parks and weather conditions, call the Rainout Line at 636-707-0011 or view online.
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Hays Home at Matson Hill Park
|The beautiful 1830s stone home was built by Daniel Boone Hays, the grandson of famous frontiersman Daniel Boone. The home opened to the public in December 2020 at Matson Hill Park, and features museum-quality displays showcasing the Hays and Boone families. |
The main floor houses exhibits, while the top floor features turn-of-the-century furnishings, including smaller artifacts once owned by family heirs. Upon arrival, park interpretive staff will greet guests outside and give an overview of the property surrounding the historic house.
|The newly renovated Hays Home will be open as scheduled for self-guided tours. Please call The Historic Daniel Boone Home at 636-798-2005 for tour information. The Hays Home is located just 2 miles east of the Boone Home off Highway F. |
Matson Hill Park opens at 7 a.m. and closes half an hour after sunset, daily.
1630 Heritage Landing
St. Peters, MO 63303
|The Heritage Museum is situated within Heritage Park on two acres that is the trailhead for the regional Centennial Trail, which connects to the Katy Trail. The nearly 6,000 square foot museum is located on a site known to many as Kuhlmann's grove, which has been a popular recreation area for County residents for nearly 100 years.|
The County Heritage Museum at Heritage Park offers free exhibits on local and state history. The museum is temporarily closed to make way for new exciting exhibits that feature The American Revolutionary War in the West. The public is invited to join us for the grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday, and 12 p.m.–5 p.m., Sunday. Please see the park webpage for more information on the current exhibit.
|The Historic Daniel Boone Home|
1868 Highway F
Defiance, MO 63341
|The Historic Daniel Boone Home is on nearly 300 acres nestled upon the rolling hills of Historic Missouri Wine Country in the Femme Osage Valley.|
Today, the Boone Home overlooks the village, a simulated town comprised of more than a dozen 19th Century buildings. Each building originated from within 50 miles of the property. Buildings such as the general store, school house and grist mill offer a peek into life on the Missouri frontier. The village also features The Old Peace Chapel and The Grand Pavilion, which are popular venues for weddings.
|Please see the Park Webpage for more information on tours and fees.|
The park is open from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Dec. 16 - March 1:
During winter hours, the park is open, but guided tours are only available on the weekend from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. on Sunday.
|Towne Park Homestead|
100 Towne Park Dr.
Foristell, MO 63348
|This 109-acre park features a reconstructed 1800s historical homestead. Donated by the late Mrs. Betty Towne, the property was to be preserved and turned into a public park. For its efforts to restore the homestead, the Parks Department was recognized at the Missouri State Capital in Jefferson City by receiving the 2007 McReynolds Award from the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation.||The homestead will be open as scheduled for tours and special events involving living history performers. Volunteers will be needed to assist with demonstrations, re-enactments and more! Please contact the St. Charles County Parks Department at 636-949-7535, if interested.|
Towne Park opens at 7 a.m. and closes half an hour after sunset, daily.