Executed with historical accuracy, this annual re-enactment relives events surrounding the prelude to the War of 1812, as Fort Osage hears for the first time war has been declared with Britain. Musket and cannons are made ready, civilians are conscripted and both residents and soldiers stationed at this remote frontier outpost are on alert. Visitors can literally feel the tension of the unknown and share the fear and excitement with our re-enactors as Fort Osage prepares for war!
Explore how early French settlers lived at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers in the late 1700s. Re-enactors will interpret everyday life skills common on the frontier. Artisans will display custom made objects, both decorative and utilitarian, which were essential to these early settlers.
Professional archaeologists will present an overview of over 60 years of investigations which have enabled historians to establish both the historic and pre-historic history of this nationally recognized historic site. With ongoing surveys, the Fort is still revealing its secrets!
Two of Jackson County’s historic interpretive sites, Missouri Town 1855 and Fort Osage, are offering special events to bring you Independence Day in an 19th century style!
Experience the 4th of July in an antebellum Missouri village as its residents celebrate Independence Day 1850’s style. A variety of activities for the entire family provide the perfect setting for a fun-filled day. A special patriotic parade, where visitors join staff strolling through the village, highlights the day!
Join our interpreters as they celebrate the 35th anniversary of American Independence. Musket and cannon demonstrations, patriotic speeches and interpretive demonstrations highlighting life on the early 19th century frontier makes this a perfect venue for celebrating our Independence!
A display of flags representing different periods of American history will be featured. Knowledgeable staff will answer questions concerning proper flag etiquette and provide background on this enduring symbol.
Join our naturalist for a review of the flora and fauna surrounding Fort Osage, followed by a guided hike along the banks of the Missouri River. Special emphasis will be given to local species found during the 1804-1806 Lewis & Clark Expedition.