Shoal Creek Living History Museum
Located at 7000 NE Barry Rd., this 80-acre park whisks you away to Missouri history where you can walk the trails of early pioneers and see live reenactments of past events. Popular for families, the living history destination includes events throughout the year including First Saturdays which resume in May. From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each Saturday, this free event brings the village to life.
You’ll see outlaws, Civil War soldiers and gunfighters go to battle. Mountain Men walk the streets as 19th century Missouri comes racing back to life. From skits to faux gun fights in the streets, you’ll be entertained as you shop at the local mercantile or visit the newspaper office at the Crossroads Inn.
History in the Flesh
Located within 1,000-acre Hodge Park, the museum includes 21 structures along with 17 authentic buildings from the 19th century. Dates range from 1807-1885. The historic homes and log cabins were relocated from around the region and settled in the makeshift village.
Open daily from dawn until dusk and always free (save for special events), self-guided tours let you set your own pace for a walk into history. Watch for the bison and chickens visiting in the summer, or slip away to the Stollings House Coop to see how farm life in 19th century Missouri worked. The location is also available as a venue rental.