Red House Interpretive Center - Located just off Main Street in historic downtown Cape Girardeau. The center commemorates the life of the towns’ founder, Louis Lorimier, as well as the historic visit made here by Lewis and Clark in 1803.Explore this historic building and museum and learn about frontier life. The Center commemorates the life of community founder French-Canadian, Louis Lorimier, as well as the visit of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in November, 1803. The Interpretive Center houses an early 1800's exhibit that reflects the lives of the early settlers of the old Cape Girardeau district. In addition, a rendering of Lorimier's Trading Post displays authentic items that would have been sold at the turn of the 19th century. The gardens on the north side of the house show the types of garden you might have seen in 1803 with flowers, vegetables, cooking herbs, and medicinal herbs.
Old St. Vincent’s Church - Beautiful Renaissance architecture and ornate interior. The Renaissance architecture, referred to as English Gothic Revival style that this miraculous church is styled in, is not only beautiful but also extremely rare, as very few churches of this style exist in America today. Explore the many artifacts preserved in the church as you admire the arches and woodwork lining the interior of the chapel. Discover this fully restored beauty as it transports you back in time.
Glenn House - Hop off at the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts to explore the Crisp Museum.The museum is dedicated to exhibiting significant historical and cultural objects of regional and national importance.Completed in 1883, the Glenn house is a fully restored historic museum in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It is a prime example of the Victorian period lifestyle including the architecture, furnishings, clothing, and décor. The Glenn House was built for David A. Glenn, who was an influential figure in the city’s history. He and his family occupied the home until 1915. Before they vacated the home, it was renovated in 1900 to the Queen Anne Style. The house is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Many of the furnishings and features of the home have been restored to their original beauty and have been kept authentic to the Victorian time interior.
Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts River Campus - The home to the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts is composed of departments covering the history and science of art, music, music, theater, and dance. Visit the beautiful campus and explore the unique styles and subjects taught here. Walk around and discover impressive pieces of art, in many different styles, showcasing the talent and hard work of local students.
Crisp Museum’s Crossroads Gallery - Interactive kiosks and exhibits highlight the history of southeast Missouri, while the Old Bridge Overlook and Park provide a dramatic view of the impressive Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. The Crisp Museum collects in three thematic areas: archaeology, history, and fine art. The Archaeology collection as several collections of prehistoric Native American artifacts, which illustrate aspects of the daily and ceremonial lives of the indigenous peoples who lived in southeastern Missouri from 13,500 B.C. to 1400 A.D., highlighting some very rare and exotic artifacts. The museum's historical collections cover a wide range of artifacts with strengths in the areas of military, firearms and their accessories, clothing, and hand tools.
Cape River Heritage Museum - Learn all about Cape Girardeau at the Cape River Heritage Museum…where history comes to life. Founded in 1981, this museum offers an ever-changing lineup of exhibits highlighting the heritage and culture of the region. Since its founding in 1981, the Cape River Heritage Museum has focused on local history while preserving a historic building at the corner of Frederick and Independence streets. Located in an old fire house, the museum offers events, tours, and exhibits on steamboats, education, commerce, the Missouri mule, the state flag, the Show-Me slogan, Native American culture, and fire and police memorabilia. Snap a picture of yourself in the model steamboat or in the cab of a tall-ladder fire truck from the 1950’s!
Cape Girardeau Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION
A Tale of Tears: The Story of Two Cultures’ Painful, Yet Inspirational Migration to a New Beginning Including the Trail of Tears National Park
Embark on a journey through history and discover the roots of America’s melting pot on a full-immersion cultural expedition. Re-trace the route taken by displaced Native American’s on the Trail of Tears and witness the quaintness of the American “Main Street." We will begin at the Trail of Tears State Park in Jackson, Missouri, where we will discover the heartache that was so dubbed the "Trail of Tears." At Bollinger Mill Historic Site, discover the history of a massive four-story mill dating back to the Civil War era, before continuing to Jackson, Missouri where we will enjoy a driving city tour before exploring the Jackson Heritage Museum or shopping.
APPROXIMATE DURATION 4.5 hours
CAPACITY 50 Guests
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE
Acres of Pristine Missouri Scenery, Sites of Jackson, Missouri
THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE
Trail of Tears State Park, Guided Tour of Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum, Bollinger Mills, Jackson Heritage Museum, Shopping Opportunities
Civil War Themed Voyages
Nestled along the western banks of the mighty Mississippi River, lays the city of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. For more than 250 years, people have been drawn to Cape Girardeau and the river on which it lies. Stroll along the riverfront, where you will feel the passion that led Mark Twain to write so eloquently about Cape Girardeau in Life on the Mississippi, the inspiration that General Ulysses S. Grant used to lead with firm conviction as he took command of the Union Army on the Mississippi in our historic downtown, and the warmth and hospitality that our community founder Louis Lorimier extended to Lewis and Clark as they began their exploration of the Louisiana Purchase.