There is so much to see and do in this Southeast Missouri region – the biggest question is how and where to spend your day! Wineries, historic sites, cultural channels and entertainment venues for the whole family can all be found in and near the Farmington community.
Take part in tastings, enjoy a tour of the vineyards or just relax with some delicious food and live music at one of the area’s many wineries. Within 20 minutes of downtown are nearly 10 wineries – great venues for friends, fun and relaxation.
History buffs can revel in the area’s interesting historical sites, including the Missouri Mines Historical Site and the Fort Davidson State Historic Site. The Missouri Mines Historic Site, situated in Park Hills, is the site of an old milling complex that was utilized by the St. Joe Minerals Corporation during the time that the state’s “Lead Belt” manufactured approximately 80 percent of the U.S.’s mined lead.
In 1864, the now serene Arcadia Valley in nearby Iron County was the site of the Battle of Pilot Knob. While en route to the St. Louis region, Confederate Major General Sterling Price and his army of 12,000 men attacked the poorly protected Fort Davidson, a Union post of 1,450 men overseen by General Thomas Ewing, Jr. During this large battle, the Confederates lost around 1,000 men. Patrons today can view the preserved Fort Davidson and Pilot Knob battlefield, along with the Visitor Center, which is highlighted by exhibits, a research library and more. A picnic area and playground are also available on-site.
For some performing arts entertainment, whether it be theatrical, musical or dance, make sure to visit the Centene Center. The center is situated adjacent to the Farmington Civic Center and offers auditorium seating for more than 700. Small concerts, local drama performances and more can all be found here.
Additional sites for family-friendly entertainment include a family fun center, offering bowling and arcade games; an indoor skating rink; movie theater; and the St. Francois County Raceway, one of the top small-track facilities in this Missouri region.
After a day of taking in the features of Farmington, it’s easy to work up an appetite. No problem, because the area is home to an array of restaurants, offering fast food fixes and casual dining, ethnic cuisine and sweet treats. There is certainly something to please every palate in Farmington.
For a comfortable rest, the area is home to a number of lodging options. Economic rooms and suites are available at one of the local hotels or motels, while more private accommodations can be found at nearby bed and breakfast facilities.