35 steps to court reenactment in Old Courthouse (no elevator available due to historic nature of facility); walking down paved path and steps required to reach Gateway Arch. Steps and standing required at Campbell House Museum
Country Inn and Suites Breakfast Buffet
Experience a significant part of U.S. history during a visit to the Old Courthouse, built between 1839 and 1862. The Courthouse is the site where an enslaved husband and wife, Dred and Harriet Scott, sued for their freedom, and Virginia Minor sued for a woman's right to vote in 1872. Embrace history in restored courtrooms and view exhibits and murals depicting historic events. A Ranger will give you a brief history and tour of the Court House. Then you will have the opportunity to relive the Dred Scott court case in a reenactment where you become judge and jury.
Lunch at Square One Brewery in Historic Lafayette Park. This redeveloped area of St. Louis is known for its' beautiful neighborhood park and Victorian "Painted Lady" houses. Y
Step back in time at the Campbell House Museum. This museum opened in 1943, transferring directly from family ownership to the museum. This preserved not only the Campbell's house but also their collection of original furniture, fixtures, paintings, objects, and thousands of pages of family documents. Included in these documents is a unique album of 60 photographs of the interior of the house from 1885. It looks much the same today as it did in these photographs. As you walk to the arch this afternoon, you can stop at the Old Cathedral, site of the oldest Catholic parish west of the Mississippi, and location of the baptism of Sacagawea's son. The Arch is a national monument built as a tribute to Thomas Jefferson and all those pioneers for who St. Louis was the Gateway to the West. Travel to the top of this 630-foot-high stainless steel structure for amazing views of the Gateway City, the Mighty Mississippi, and neighboring Illinois. The museum of Westward Expansion will unfortunately be closed due to renovations, but we will visit an equally fascinating museum later in the week instead of this museum.
Dinner in route to the hotel at Cracker Barrel restaurant.
We will have a lecture on "Guerrillas in Civil War Missouri", by author Jim Erwin, immediately following dinner.