Missouri historic towns, Ironton, Pilot Knob and Arcadia are rich in Missouri Civil War History and MO Historic Sites.
Make plans now to attend the 2014 Reenactment of the Battle of Pilot Knob at Fort Davidson State Historic Site

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The towns of Pilot Knob, Ironton and Arcadia are rich in MO Civil War lore. Because of its strategic importance as the southern terminus of the St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad, Union soldiers occupied Pilot Knob and the Arcadia Valley throughout the war. Fort Davidson, the target of the Battle of Pilot Knob in 1864, is a hexagonal earthwork constructed by the Union Army and stands 300 yards from the base of Pilot Knob Mountain. The assault on Fort Davidson by Confederate troops left 1,500 soldiers dead or wounded. The fort and site are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Fort Davidson State Historic Site serves as a memorial to those who gave their lives on the battlefield, and the Visitor's Center provides detailed information about the battle through the use of artifacts, a diorama, and film. Additionally, a self-guided driving tour around the Arcadia Valley directs visitors to some of the most significant points on the battlefields. Each stop is marked by a red granite monument. Maps for this tour are available at Fort Davidson State Historic Site.

Full-scale re-enactments of the Battle of Pilot Knob are staged, attracting tens of thousands of spectators to the Valley. Be sure to make your plans now to attend the next re-enactment scheduled for September 27-28, 2014 commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary of the Civil War).

The Iron County Courthouse, built in 1861, still bears the mark of a cannon ball fired on its roof during the battle. Both the courthouse and a gazebo on the lawn are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 1861 Ulysses S. Grant received his commission as a Brigadier General at Ironton and a monument at the nearby Catholic church marks that location.

Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactment

For information on the next Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactments to be held,
keep an eye on this page.


URSULINE ACADEMY - ARCADIA COLLEGE HISTORIC DISTRICT (Registered 1848) Formerly the Academy of Ursuline Sisters for Girls

The Academy is a magnificent study of architecture, set on 17 acres of majestic evergreens & towering oaks.  The famous spring still gushes crystal clear water. The St. Joseph Chapel has some of the most amazing stained glass windows in the world, beautiful inside and out, it is now used for weddings, as well as religious services.

Arcadia Academy Historic Tours daily at 3:00 p.m. 211 S. College St., Arcadia, MO 63621 Phone: 573-546-4249 - Cell: 314-960-1983

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MAINSTREET, IRONTON, is a unique shopping experience. It is part of the Antique District of Arcadia Valley. Also, the merchants, restaurants and entertainers give it a great atmosphere.

IRON COUNTY COURTHOUSE, downtown Ironton (1860) was the scene of bitter fighting during the Civil War and still retains the scar from a cannonball on its east face.

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH in Pilot Knob was used as a hospital and Union headquarters during the Civil War--- the Battle of Pilot Knob. Built in 1861, it still contains the original furniture and pipe organ.  Pine and Ziegler Street  573.546.2373

ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH (1870) is an exceptionally fine example of wooden, Gothic architecture; it contains the original lead-stained glass windows. 106 N. Knob St. Ironton

630 Highway 21, Arcadia, MO - 573.546.3513

Enjoy all the historical memorabilia from the area. Take a step back in history.  Visit the website for a "virtual tour", or tour the museum in person during normal hours.


Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
At other times schedule a tour by contacting: Email or call 573-546-3513. You may also email Loren DePew or Wilma Cofer to schedule tours.


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Ironton, MO  63650
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