Community Interest

Francis Howell Cemetery Tour/Character Reenactment Oct. 6

The third annual Boone-Duden Historical Society cemetery tour will be held on October 6 at 2 p.m. This year the featured cemetery will be the Francis Howell (previously known as the Fitz) Cemetery which is located in Busch Wildlife Area past the Missouri Conservation Department office.

(Google “Francis Howell Cemetery” for a map and driving directions.)  A map to the cemetery will also be posted at the website. (Please note:  This is not the Thomas Howell Cemetery on Hwy 94.)

The Francis Howell cemetery features the graves of some of the earliest pioneers and settlers in the St. Charles County area; many of whom arrived before Missouri Statehood in 1821, and many who arrived while this area was Spanish territory.

Several characters including Francis Howell, Sarah Johnson, Fortunatus Boone Castlio, O.E Bacon, J.C.Pitman and other characters will speak in costume and tell stories of their lives and their times.

The characters represent people who settled the area in the 18th century though the mandatory removal of all citizens in 1941 from 18,000 acres that had been home to families for generations, to build the TNT Plant for WWII munitions manufacturing plant.

Tickets are $7.00 the day of the event at the Cemetery. 50% of ticket revenue will go to Francis Howell Cemetery upkeep and 50% to Boone-Duden Historical Society.