Fun Things to do in Jefferson County, Missouri
Jefferson County, Missouri is situated south of Metro St. Louis and affords visitors a host of attractions including historical to natural. The history of Jefferson Country can be traced back to the culture of the Clovis people and the mega mammals found during a visit to Mastodon State Historic Park. If you are more interested in recent culture, you can visit the Washington State Park with their interesting Civilian Conservation structures built in the 1930s. Nature lovers will enjoy venturing to Sandy Creek Bridge State Historic Site, the home of one of four covered bridges still standing in the state of Missouri. There are also a few conservation areas along the way.
Visit the Historic Sites
There are several other historic sites worth mentioning. The Anheuser Estate is a 23 acre antebellum estate that was the residence of Fred and Mabel Ruth Anheuser. When the couple died, the house was left along with the entire Anheuser collection including a family library, family heirlooms, and antiques to Kimmswick. A tour through the home takes you back to another time in history and definitely worth the trip. The Kimmswick Historical Society Museum is located in the restored Kimmswick Bible Church. The museum has a fantastic display of memorabilia which follows the town’s development with maps, artifacts, and pictures. Sandy Creek Bridge State Historic Site features over 205 acres of natural areas and one of only four covered bridges still standing in the State of Missouri.
The Mastodon State Historic Site is a huge 425 acre site preserving the Kimmswick Bone Bed. Numerous skeletal parts have been found at this site of the mega mammals that used to inhabit this area. The park also has the oldest Native American Indian site you can visit in the State of Missouri. There are trails where you can explore on your own where the dinosaurs and the Indians used to inhabit. If dinosaurs aren’t your thing, then explore Washington State Park, which is home to prehistoric rock carvings made by the native Indian tribes over 1,000 years ago. The park is over 1,875 acres and offers all types of activities including camping, fishing, swimming, hiking trails, canoeing, historical programs, and rental cabins if you would like to stay overnight. The park also boasts many stone structures built during the Depression of the 1930s and the beauty of the Ozarks.
Visit the St. Louis Area
Metropolitan St. Louis is right around the corner from all of these historic sites and offers visitors attractions such as the Gateway Arch and such attractions as the St. Louis Carousel, the Zoo, The Science Center, the History Museum, the Art Museum, the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, and the Museum of Westward Expansion. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, metropolitan St. Louis also has an abundance of green spaces to enjoy hiking, bicycling, or just hanging out having a picnic. While visiting St. Louis, don’t forget about the historical district for shopping or a bite to eat.