Visitor Center

at Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site

Ground was broken for the visitor center in 1991. Its facade is that of a Greek Revival memorial. It stands less than 100 yards east of the original Fort Davidson. Inside, several themes are interpreted, including: Free tours are given during operating hours.

The development of the Arcadia Valley

A 22-minute video program covers early settlement through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

The Battle of Pilot Knob

A fiber optic diorama display, permanent exhibits and a slide program focus on the days of Sept. 24 through Oct. 3, 1864.

General Price's raid into Missouri in 1864

This exhibit broadly covers the sweeping scope of Price's raid from its purpose, development and planning through its retreat and the effects it had on the outcome of society, politics and the war.

Fort Davidson

A permanent display and model of the key battlefield structure interprets its reason for existence, its construction and its importance during the war as a hub of Union activities in Southeast Missouri.

Missouri in the Civil War

This broad theme describes the major battles fought in Missouri to add perspective for our audience.

The commanders, Gen. Price and Gen. Ewing

An exhibit outlines the characteristics and careers of the two opposing commanders.

The Missouri Civil War soldier

Permanent displays include that of the African-American soldier and highlight the clothing, gear, personal items, living conditions and societal conditions that soldiers endured during the war.

Local weapons and military items used during the Civil War

Displays of artifacts, restorations and reproductions of Civil War era rifles, infantry gear, cannonballs and other projectiles and cavalry items provide the audience with artifacts showing both commonly used weapons during the Civil War and weapons unique to the soldiers at Pilot Knob.

Pilot Knob after the battle

A display box covers the post war life of the Fort Davidson battlefield.

Battlefield artifacts from the area

Such as Gen. Ewing's field sword, Capt. Pinckney Power's sword and the locally renowned Allers Collection

Flag displays

Examples of the common flags used in the Trans-Mississippi theatre of war.

In addition to the exhibits, you will find a variety of Civil War souvenirs, books, compact disks and tapes. Books kept in stock largely deal with the Battle of Pilot Knob, Civil War Missouri, and the Trans-Mississippi theatre of war. Information about local history and the Arcadia Valley self-guided Civil War trail are available at the site.

Hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April 16 through Nov. 30
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day)
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    Dec. 1 through April 15
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (with the exception of New Year's and Christmas days). 

Free tours are offered during these times.

Coordinates

37.620278, -90.638889

Park Hours

Historic Site Grounds:

Sunrise to sunset, year-round

Visitor Center hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April 16 through Nov. 30
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day)
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    Dec. 1 through April 15
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (with the exception of New Year's and Christmas days). 

Free tours are offered during these times.