FOUNDED IN 1829, the village of Arrow Rock was situated for success atop a bluff at the intersection of the Missouri River and Santa Fe Trail. The town grew quickly, flourishing as a center for trade, commerce, and politics. The shifting course of the river was one of many economic blows that had landed on the town by the late 1800s. Slowly, its prosperity dwindled along with its population.

Arrow Rock was destined to disappear in the annals of history until the Daughters of the American Revolution stepped in to preserve the J. Huston Tavern in 1923. Since then, Missouri State Parks, private property owners, and the Friends of Arrow Rock have restored dozens of 19th-century buildings. The result is a place that makes visitors feel like they’ve taken a delightful trip back in time.

Today, Arrow Rock is home to only 56 residents, but it welcomes more than 100,000 visitors each year. History lovers come to hear stories of American westward expansion, to visit museums, and to take in the pristinely preserved surroundings. Shoppers and diners adore the eclectic mix of choices. Travelers find comfortable accommodations at local B&Bs and the Arrow Rock State Historic Site campground. Fans flock to the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre for its Broadway-caliber productions.

From its earliest days, Arrow Rock welcomed travelers and that legacy lives on in this National Historic Landmark village. Plan your trip at

J. Huston Tavern

Points of Interest

1. J. Huston Tavern
2. Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre
3. Friends of Arrow Rock 1829 Museum Shop
4. Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitors Center
5. Catalpa Restaurant
6. Missouri Folk Art Shop and Gallery