Back in Time

Step back in time in Cape Girardeau

Discover more than 250 years of history, ranging from Mississippian life to a visit from Lewis & Clark on their journey west to words from Mark Twain and a Victorian house museum - as well as everything both in between and beyond! 

We did the planning for you; jump in to weekend full of history in Cape Girardeau! Print-and-go with this handy PDF detailing a historic weekend in Cape Girardeau. This custom Google map will help you step back in time at all of Cape Girardeau's historic sights!

Attractions

African American Civil War History

Caruthers between Dunklin and Broadway Cape Girardeau, MO

573.334.1917

Price Range
Free
Description
The graves of fifteen U.S. African American Infantry Soldier Veterans are found at Fairmount Cemetery. Most of the these men left enslavement to enlist in the Union Army and survived the Civil War.
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Bollinger Mill State Historic Site

113 Bollinger Mill Road Burfordville, Missouri

573.243.4591

Price Range
Free - $5
Description
Bollinger Mill's 19th-century mill and its neighboring covered bridge offer a glimpse of rare Americana. Grounds are open daily from sunrise to 10 p.m. except New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas days. Last tour of the day will start at 3:30 p.m.
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Cape River Heritage Museum

538 Independence Street Cape Girardeau, Missouri

573.334.0405

Price Range
$2-$3
Description
Located in an old police and fire station, the Cape River Heritage Museum has an ever-changing array of regional history exhibits.
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Crisp Museum

518 South Fountain Street Cape Girardeau, Missouri

573.651.2260

Price Range
Free
Description
Inside the River Campus, Crisp Museum has a large collection of unbroken Native American pottery as well as exhibits, a video and kiosks highlighting the history of southeast Missouri.
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Fort D

920 Fort Street Cape Girardeau, Missouri

573.335.1631

Price Range
Free
Description
Fort D is the only remaining Civil War fort out of four that once protected the city of Cape Girardeau from Confederate attack.
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Glenn House

325 South Spanish Street Cape Girardeau, Missouri

573.335.1631

Price Range
$2-$5
Description
The Glenn House provides a window into what life was like during the Victorian period. Built in 1883, the Glenn House has been thoughtfully restored.
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Heritage Hall

102 N Main Street Cape Girardeau, MO

573.334.4232

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Description
Heritage Hall is a cultural and historical center with rotating historical and art exhibits.
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Old Lorimier Cemetery

500 North Fountain Street Cape Girardeau, Missouri

573.334.1917

Price Range
Free
Description
Set aside by Louis Lorimier as the community's first graveyard, Old Lorimier Cemetery has 1,446 marked burials as well as a number of unmarked graves. Grave markers represent a wide variety of styles.
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Old St. Vincent's Church

131 South Main Street Cape Girardeau, Missouri

573.335.9347

Price Range
Free
Description
Built in the 1850s, this Chapel of Ease is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Church is closed for tours when a wedding is scheduled; call ahead to verify hours.
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Red House Interpretive Center

128 South Main Street Cape Girardeau, Missouri

573.335.1631

Price Range
$1-$3
Description
Commemorating Lewis and Clark's visit on November 23, 1803, the Red House Interpretive Center is a recreation of Louis Lorimier's trading post and home.
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Trail of Tears State Park

429 Moccasin Springs Jackson, Missouri

573.290.5268

Price Range
Free
Description
Featuring some of Missouri's most breathtaking scenery, Trail of Tears State Park includes 3,415 pristine acres. Grounds are open daily.
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U.S. Grant Trail - Southeast Segment

Various Cape Girardeau, Missouri

877.221.3133

Price Range
Free
Description
The U.S. Grant Trail in Missouri touches places in the eastern part of the state that are associated with Ulysses Grant's life & military campaigns. Follow the General's trail in Cape Girardeau at numerous sites; pick up your free map at the CVB office at 400 Broadway.
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