Great theatre productions and fabulous food are hallmarks of a trip to historic Arrow Rock, a small town in northwest Missouri.
I recently was part of a group outing to Arrow Rock; our focus was catching a production at Lyceum Theatre, but I was blown away by the town and its charm.
The first item on our agenda was a tour of the town with Kathy, a Friends of Arrow Rock tour guide. She showed our group a variety of attractions while describing the history and significance of each. Among the stops was the home of George Caleb Bingham, a prominent American artist who is best known for portraying daily life in the Western frontier.
Kathy also took our group to see charming bed and breakfasts sprinkled around Arrow Rock. If you are looking into an extended stay in Arrow Rock, you’ll find these options are quaint, comfortable, and within a close walking distance of everything in town.
In the last leg of the tour, Kathy took us to see the Arrow Rock African-American Museum. Located in Brown Lodge No. 22, the museum was restored by Friends of Arrow Rock and documents the lives of African-Americans in Arrow Rock. The museum exhibit archives history through interviews, photographs, and records that you can observe on a self-guided tour.
Next up was the visitor’s center, which is not far from the center of the town and houses a museum describing the rich history of the area and the part it played in settling the West. Housed in the visitor’s center you find some of Bingham’s original prints and paintings. Here you also find preserved artifacts that allow you to delve deeper into the heritage and history of Arrow Rock.
Chez Trappeur, a wine bar and bistro on Main Street, offers a great dining experience. The restaurant has an array of French food selections; each is delectable and unforgettable. When they say, “bon appetite,” they mean it! I suggest starting with the artisan cheese and meat sampler – it is to die for.
After lunch, we headed over to Lyceum Theatre to see, “Meet Me in St. Louis.” The theatre seats a slightly more than 400 people, making every seat a good seat. As you can imagine, it is a small theater, but a cozy and intimate one at that.
I cannot imagine a better place to see a professional production. The entire cast of “Meet Me in St. Louis,” did a great job of depicting what it what life was like in the early 1900s, and they offered a great showcase for the fictional Smith family.
Although it was my first experience at Lyceum, I sensed you can’t go wrong seeing a show at this venue. Whether it’s a comedy, drama, or musical, Lyceum Theatre seems a wonderful place to catch a performance.
Written by Brittney Mormann, summer intern at the Missouri Division of Tourism.