Unexpected Finds in Clinton

On a recent business trip regarding some economic development in Missouri communities, I had the opportunity to spend a day in Clinton. I knew the day would be interesting, but did not fully realize the number of activities Clinton offered for a getaway. Whether for a couple’s weekend, family trip or catching up with friends, Clinton is a gem you will want to discover.

Truman Lake– Missouri’s largest lake.

One of the major features the community can showcase is Truman Lake, the largest lake in Missouri. Widely praised for fishing, boating, hunting and hiking, a trip to the lake can fill one day or your entire trip. Bucksaw Resort and Marina can assist you with lodging, along with a full-sized marina and tackle shop. The floating restaurant offers a full menu, and a large pavilion is available for family reunions or other large groups.

Lodging in town is another great option. At the Hampton Inn, visitors are just minutes away from historic downtown. The Haysler House Bed & Breakfast Inn is a converted 1896 Victorian house that also serves tea and lunch. Find full lodging options at ClintonMo.com.

Clinton is known for being the western trailhead to the famous Katy Trail State Park, the nation’s longest rails-to-trails project. Beginning your trail adventure in Clinton will send you east with the possibility of ending the trail in St. Charles. How far will you go?

Make time for a visit to the impressive town square – it’s the largest in Missouri and the fourth-largest in the nation. Spend a day browsing gifts, antiques, and handcrafted treasures. Visit the Memorial Bandstand, the Soldiers Memorial and the granite Historic Fountain. Ben Franklin’s Coffee House provides a great pick-me-up while you visit.

Also on the square is the Henry County Museum and Cultural Arts Center, featuring a glimpse into the history of Henry County. The complex is composed of four buildings, with a fully restored Anheuser Busch distribution center serving as the main museum building.  It features original woodwork along with the stables, clerk’s office and cooling room, all displaying unique collections from Henry County’s history. The upstairs hayloft is now the Military Room with artifacts from the Civil War through Desert Storm. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Henry County Courthouse

Also on the National Register of Historic Places is the Dorman House. Built in 1852, this was the first two-story brick home in Clinton. It was once the home of Judge J.G. Dorman, Udolpha Miller Dorman and their seven children. It is available for tours and private events. Contact the Henry County Museum for a private tour.

A late-1800’s village is recreated in the Adair Annex, with original facades and interiors assembled from throughout the county. Also, the 1856 Dog Trot Log House is available to explore.

The Highland One Room School is the newest addition to the Henry County Museum. The school was moved from its former location late last fall to a lot owned by the museum. The lot is believed to be one of the first locations of a log cabin school in Clinton.

Learn more and begin planning your getaway to Clinton here. Also, check out this video for a glimpse into more Clinton activities.

Written by Laura Holloway, a communications specialist for the Missouri Municipal League. 

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