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Arrow Rock State Historic Site

Park Information

Stroll through the history of a once-bustling river town that’s now the serene village of Arrow Rock.  You’ll walk streets lined with the architecture of the historic “Boone’s Lick Country.” At Arrow Rock State Historic Site, you may wander into the historic Old Tavern, which dates back to 1834 and provides a dining experience in a period setting or see displays of old-time wares at the Huston Store. You can learn about it all through exhibits in the visitor center. The historic site is part of the larger Village of Arrow Rock, which features quaint stores and a bevy of antique shops.

Park Hours

Historic Site Grounds

  • 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily,year-round
  • Gates may be closed at 10 p.m.

J. Huston Tavern hours

The tavern is open before every Lyceum Theatre performance.  

Pre-Season Hours (April 6 through May 31)  
Lunch: Saturday and Sunday,  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  

Regular Season Hours (June 1 through Sept. 30)  
Lunch: Wednesday through Sunday,  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
Dinner Seatings: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Every Saturday
Friday, if there is a matinee or evening Lyceum performance Wednesday, if there is an evening Lyceum performance  

Anytime for groups of 35 or more.  

Post-Season Hours (Oct. 1 through Nov. 30)  

Lunch: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 6 Dinner - Christmas with Dickens, 6 p.m.
Dec. 12-21
Lunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Before every Lyceum Theatre performance of "A Christmas Carol"
Dinner 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Before every Lyceum Theatre performance of "A Christmas Carol"

Visitor Center hours

Visitor Center

  • March 1 through May 31
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m., daily
  • June 1 through Aug. 31
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
  • Sept. 1 through Nov. 30
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily
    Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Dec. 1 through Feb. 28
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday and holiday Mondays
    Closed Monday through Thursday and Christmas and New Year's days

Historic Site Office

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily, year-round (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days)
  • Please note there will be times when the office is temporarily closed while staff are working on the grounds.
Sometime between 1936 and 1938, the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution published “The Old Tavern; Book of Recipes,” which contained more than 700 recipes from DAR members and the J. Huston Tavern at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. The recipes offered a unique glimpse into our food culture during the early years of the 20th century. On page 36 is a recipe for buttermilk biscuits: “Add to ½ sifter of flour, 1 scant tsp. soda, ¼ tsp salt, 2 level tsp. baking powder. Sift into mixing bowl. Cut in with fork 2 heaping tbsp. lard, 1pt. buttermilk. Turn onto floured board, knead to soft dough, Roll 3/8 inch thick. Bake in greased pan in hot oven. 30 biscuits.” You can try the recipe itself or enjoy the fine food served today at the J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continually operating restaurant west of the Mississippi. For more information, visit http://www.mostateparks.com/park/arrow-rock-state-historic-site.