Step back in time in Cape Girardeau

May 21, 2018

Step back in time and hear of days of old at The Red House Interpretive Center.  You will learn how the 1800s trading post was ran and the way things like pieces of eight and twisted braids of tobacco were used on the old frontier.  The Red House Interpretive Center commemorates the life of Cape Girardeau’s founder Louis Lorimier as well as Lewis and Clark’s visit to the community on November 23, 1803.  The Red House includes a number of exhibits and interpretive panels highlighting Lewis and Clark’s visit, French Colonial architecture, settlers of the Old Cape Girardeau District and the roads, river and transportation of the day.

Next visit Fort D Historic Site.  As you step on the grounds you are immediately taken by the earthen walls and the rifle pits built in 1861.  The interpretive signs share the story of the only surviving fort of four built in Cape Girardeau and one of the last earthen forts surviving in Missouri.  If you happen to be visiting during one of their demonstrations you will see rifle and canon fire!  The 1937 WPA constructed limestone building is not original to the grounds of Fort D, but, it has its own rich history.

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