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Address: 128 S. Main, Cape Girardeau, MO
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A look at early history of the Mississippi Valley

It's easy to forget, if we ever knew, that French Canadians were the early explorers of the lands along the Mississippi, or that Lewis and Clark passed this way as they explored... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Lewes, Delaware
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Lewes, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's easy to forget, if we ever knew, that French Canadians were the early explorers of the lands along the Mississippi, or that Lewis and Clark passed this way as they explored the West for the early United States. French Canadian Louis Lorimier founded Cape Girardeau, and the Red House Interpretive Center is a recreation of Lorimier's trading post and... More 

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Phoenix
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well informed docent shows you around the place. Easy, free parking right at the doorstep. Lots of historical items presented very nicely. Plan on spending at least an hour there.

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Milton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We happened onto the Red House and it was a great experience. THe woman that walked us around the facility explained the deep history of the area from it's founding, Lewis and Clark connections and the Trail of Tears crossing. Well worth a stop!

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Bristol, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We visited The Red House as part of a tour operating from the American Queen steamboat, when we landed in Cape Girardeau. Because of the expected number of visitors, there was a special display with a guide and some delightful local music. We enjoyed our visit and the opportunity to see artifacts from the area and hear about local history.... More 

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Ocoee, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

I do recommend that you place and advance reservation to request a docent to show you around the site- you are missing half of the history behind the museum if you are not guided by them. All docents are friendly and knowledgable, a few of them have written books of the history of 'The Cape' as well. Well worth the... More 

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

The Red House Interpretive Center was closed on the day I visited. I think they have it open during peak tourist season for special events and on weekends. The Old St. Vincent's Church is just across the street. Be sure to add that to your list of must sees while in Cape Girardeau's downtown historic district.

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Jackson, mo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

This interactive piece of history is a must see at some point in time. It is only open on weekends and special events or by appointment.. The building plays a big role in one of the riverfront Geocaches, which is part of the Parks & Recreation Dept.

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Littleton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Love, love, love Cape Giardeau's history. The citizens have done a great job in recapturing it. Makes me feel like I've lived here before.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

Very informative ladies to tell you about the history of the trading post and the people living there and in the vicinity. In only 10 min you learn about nearly everything from that old times. Keep on doing what you do. Very good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

If you want to know about the early settlers in this area and the Louis and Clark era, this is a good place to visit. New park has been added around the grounds of the Red House. Close to the Mississippi River and you can walk over the train tracks and be right on the river front. Excellent views.

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