Historic & Scenic Sights and Opportunities
Because of an interest in history in this region, GF will give information on various sights for free. Arrangements for a family tour package can also be provided for a small fee.
A stage coach line and later “Old Number 8–Pike’s Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway,” the early transcontinental highway through this region, ran through Gladhour Farm. A major Chautauqua-ground was nearby. The Chautauqua movement was a wonderfully interesting concept and in a similar way, a long-term goal for Gladhour Farm includes sharing information about past times with youngsters and interested visitors.
(Thanks to Basil Stratton for the Chautauqua photos. Thanks to Virginia Windels for the Chautauqua cabins.)
A primitive Chautauqua cabin may be available for camping for a family or couple sometime in the future. Eventually a walkway with native prairie grasses and other plant species labeled and a learning activity set for active youngsters are also envisioned.
Within a few miles, some of the interesting places to visit are these:
1. One of the few remaining covered bridges in Missouri
2. General John J. Pershing’s boyhood home
3. An Amish community with bulk grocery stores, fabric shops, a harness and buggy shop, etc., and small town antique and craft stores–also 4 festivals per year.
4. A summer farmer’s market and outdoor murals (building-size) in Chillicothe
5. J. C. Penney farm at Hamilton
6. Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline
If you are coming to look at a Gladhour Farm animal and/or pick one up, why not give yourself a weekend for a mini-vacation! There are some interesting B & Bs and decent Super 8/other motels in the area. There is also Pershing Park nearby where you might camp. And GF will be happy to provide you with info about the sights!