The Daniel Boone Home
I have included the link above in case you want to visit the site. Originally it was because of a school assignment our son had in the 6th grade but has now turned into a tradition in our family. When we lived in St. Louis it began and now that we have moved away, we still go back each year. There is a plot of land south of St. Louis that has restored the original Daniel Boone Home and many buildings of the same time period.
Open all year but between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year it is transposed into a scene full of the sights, scents and sounds of America in the days of Daniel Boone. At night the landscape is lit by thousands of candles and oil lanterns. Candles line the walkways that lead you into Boone's world. There is always the warmth of a fire to sit around and listen to the fife and drums, violin or they would say fiddle and gaze above at the open crystal clear skies of a Midwest...a Midwest where the humidity of Summer has passed...turning on a multitude of stars. The ever present smell of wood burning stoves and fireplaces fills the air along with handmade soaps and candles.
The final treat of the night is to visit the Boone Home, candle lit and warm. Outside, the temperature often in the teens...inside the thick stone walls brings a comfort and welcome respite from the approach of winter. The last part of the tour through the home takes you to the basement where the original kitchen served as the lifeblood of the pioneer family. A table is set just as it was in Daniel's day. A large kettle, steaming and filling the air with spiced cider and a plate of cinnamon cookies gives the visitor the taste of traditions......
Driving home, entering the lights and traffic of St. Louis late on a December night is always easier after our annual vist to the Boone home.
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