Special Events, History & Attractions
Near St. Louis
Taverns & Bars
dining to casual fare, Mexican to southern Ozark cuisine- savory
selections and scintillating ambiance tempt even the most discriminating
palates. Romantic tables for two, lively taverns and sports
bars, award-winning barbeque and seafood are just a few of the
incredible dining options available for visitors to the Arcadia
Valley and Black River regions. Click
here to take a tour, see photos and learn about all the
fun places to dine in our region. You may also wish to
Missouri Wineries nearby.
Do you love to shop for Missouri antiques, special gifts and
collectibles? Our region is a magnet for Missouri antique
dealers wishing to relocate to a charming, historical and magnificently
beautiful area of the United States. Turn of the century
mercantile buildings have been transformed into unique shops,
specialty boutiques and gift stores.
here to take a tour of these fun places to shop and see photos
of this unique shopping district.
Festivals & Events
Music and Entertainment for the whole
family! Dine at one of our
fine restaurants providing live entertainment from Bluegrass
to live DJs and Karaoke. During the summer season enjoy
concerts and music festivals by the river and under the
stars and outdoor entertainment throughout the Valley. See
of live entertainment here. Every year in May and
October, the Arcadia
Valley Mountain Music Festivals take place bringing family
friendly weekends filled with Americana and Bluegrass music.
Don't miss them!
The festivals happen every May and October!
In addition every year, there will be pickin' and grinnin' on the square at the Iron County Courthouse every Friday between the Spring and Fall Mountain Music Festivals.
Festivals near St. Louis and County Fairs ~
Come to the Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Recreation
Area for County Fairs during the summer months and the
best fall color in Missouri. October is the
month for our Annual Fall
You don't want to miss them! Make your lodging reservations
early! Take a Missouri Fall Foliage drive, or come for
a Missouri Getaway Weekend. Read
more about Missouri Fall Festivals here.
in the Valley Festival and Parade! Bring
the whole family and join us for Christmas in the Valley
beginning every Thanksgiving Weekend, when the joy of the
season begins. Every year, enjoy the Annual Lighting of the
Courthouse Square, the Annual Christmas Parade, and of course
caroling, caroling and shopping, shopping, shopping everywhere
to remind us all of how things used to be. There's simply
no better time to be in the Arcadia Valley Region.
History & Landmarks
comes alive! Explore historic churches, antebellum homes,
historic courthouses, turn of the century mercantile buildings,
historic mills, and Fort Davidson State Historic Site, scene
of the Missouri civil war battle of Pilot Knob. Many Missouri
sites and historical landmarks are on the National Register
of Historic Places. Come for a visit and observe a piece of
the past where early Missouri settlements and farmsteads still
stand. Let our country roads bring you home
to a place you belong. Our region is filled with historic
towns, villages and early settlements. If you are a history
enjoy our entire online history tour.
Davidson State Historic Site & The Battle of Pilot Knob-
region is rich in MO Civil War lore. Because of its strategic
importance as the southern terminus of the St. Louis & Iron
Mountain Railroad, Union soldiers occupied Pilot Knob and the
Arcadia Valley throughout the war. Fort Davidson, the target
of the Battle of Pilot Knob in 1864, is a hexagonal earthwork
constructed by the Union Army and stands 300 yards from the
base of Pilot Knob Mountain. The assault on Fort Davidson by
Confederate troops left 1,300 soldiers dead or wounded. The
fort and site are listed in the National Register of Historic
3 years, the spectacular reenactment of the Battle of Pilot
Knob takes place - you won't want to miss it. Click
here to read much more about the Missouri Civil War in our region.
Ursuline Academy - Arcadia College Historic District
(Registered 1848) Formerly the Academy of Ursuline Sisters for
Girls - The Academy is a magnificent study of architecture,
set on 17 acres of majestic evergreens & towering oaks.
The famous spring still gushes crystal clear water. Now privately
owned and operated by such businesses as Nostalgic Place Bed & Breakfast.
The St. Joseph Chapel has some of the most amazing stained glass
windows in the world, beautiful inside and out, it is now used
for weddings, as well as religious services. 128 E College St.
Iron County Courthouse-
downtown Ironton (1860) was the scene of bitter fighting during
the Civil War and still retains the scar from a cannonball on
its east face. The Reynolds County
Courthouse, downtown Centerville, is another example
of Missouri courthouses over 100 years old. .
Lutheran Church in
Pilot Knob was used as a hospital and Union headquarters during
the Civil War--- the Battle of Pilot Knob. Built in 1861, it
still contains the original furniture and pipe organ.
Pine and Ziegler Street.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
(1870) is an exceptionally fine example of wooden, Gothic architecture;
it contains the original lead-stained glass windows. 106 N.
Knob St. Ironton
The above listings are just a few of the many historical sites
and landmarks you'll want to visit while you're here.
Don't miss the spectacular Reenactments
of the Battle of Pilot Knob at
The Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site (formerly Fort Davidson Historic Site). The battle re-enactment is held every 3 years.