The 2016 Boone Society Reunion will be held Wednesday June 15 through Sunday June 19, 2016 in Saint Charles, MO. about 20 miles from downtown St. Louis. Our hotel venue will be the beautiful Embassy Suites which is just a mile or so from the historic Main Street of Saint Charles. You will have four days to get to know and share time with your Boone cousins and tour historic Missouri where Daniel and Rebecca spent their last years.
We have reserved a small block of rooms for a limited time, so please reserve your rooms early. Each hotel guest will enjoy a luxurious two-room suite (single king or two double beds suites available) with a wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, TVs, coffee maker and sofa sleeper. Each room will accommodate up to four guests. Complimentary amenities include fully cooked-to-order breakfasts each morning, evening reception from 5:30
PM to 7:30 PM, self-parking, local courtesy shuttle (within 3 miles) and access to the indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center and business center. We have a special rate of $132.00 plus tax per night (up to four person occupancy). Be sure to request the Boone Society special rate.The Embassy Suites hotel is located about 7 miles from the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, typically about a 15 minute drive. Options for transportation to and from the airport include shared-ride shuttle service or taxi. Additional information is available on the hotel web site.
Embassy Suites St. Louis – St. Charles
Two Convention Center Plaza
St. Charles, Missouri 63303
Wednesday afternoon and evening activities begin with afternoon registration and an evening dinner followed by our general membership meeting.
Of course the Boone Reunion hospitality suite will be open during the event. This is a wonderful time to relax, visit and get to know your Boone cousins. Don’t forget to bring your donations for our traditional Silent Auction. Books, collectibles, arts and crafts and Boone memorabilia are always of interest. Don’t forget to bring your checkbook so you can bid on items and take your favorites home with you. We will also accept cash.
Thursday will begin with a trip to the historic Boone Home and Heritage Center near Defiance, Mo. which is operated by Lindenwood University www.danielboonehome.com . The Heritage Center includes many restored historic buildings including the Squire Boone Home. Other attractions include gardens, a Prairie Restoration and Canebrake. We will have lunch at the recently completed Pavilion.
Next we will depart for Marthasville, MO with a visit to the original burial site of Rebecca and Daniel. First we will visit the adjacent Boone Monument Village. The privately owned property is the site of historical restorations. The property was once owned by Rebecca’s cousin David Bryan, son of James. The former home site of Jemima (Boone) Callaway and her husband Flanders is located nearby. If time permits, we will stop at the historical marker for the famous Boone Judgement Tree. This will be a very full day of activities. After returning to the hotel, dinner will be on your own.
Friday will be a day in St. Charles. We are planning some tours along historic Main Street. The charming community located along the Missouri River is known for its warm welcomes, unique historical setting and beautiful sites. The afternoon and evening dinner will be on your own. Visit the local shops, restaurants and sites along the brick-paved Main Street or spend some time at the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center. The First Missouri State Capitol is also located there. Some may want to try your luck at the nearby Ameristar Casino or walk or bicycle along the Katy Trail along the Missouri River. There are many historic and interesting sites and activities in St. Charles.
Our preliminary schedule for Saturday is subject to change as we consider other options. Currently we are planning to visit Faust Park which is home to a restored carousel and butterfly gardens. As St. Louis County has been progressively developed, many nineteenth century structures have been lost. But Faust Historic Village has and continues to preserve the area’s vernacular architecture and history. There are four homes and a total of 16 structures representing a variety of building and architectural styles, from log to brick. Spanning a period from 1840 to 1910, the Village illustrates differences in lifestyle representing various professions, developments and needs of the period.
St. Louis County’s pioneer history is relived at the Thornhill farm of Missouri’s second governor at Faust Park. The Thornhill farm includes the home and utility buildings of Frederick Bates, his wife Nancy and their children, and shows how this family lived on the frontier in the early 1800s. But Frederick Bates was more than just a farmer; he played a pivotal role in bringing the Louisiana Territory under the control of the United States government. The site includes his 1820s home, barn, reconstructed summer kitchen, ice and smoke house, orchard and herb garden, and family cemetery. The home has been restored and partially furnished to look as it did when Governor Bates would set off on a one to two-day trek to St. Charles, Missouri, then the first capital of the state.
Saturday evening will be our traditional Reunion Banquet at the Embassy Suite hotel. We will have a fun, entertaining and eventful evening to wrap up our Reunion. Sunday morning, the hospitality suite will be open so you can say your goodbyes and prepare for departure.
Watch the Boone Society web page for 2016 Reunion updates and additional information which will be posted soon. We will also have a link for on-line Reunion registration and hotel reservations.