Missouri was granted statehood on Aug. 10, 1821 and its first legislators met from 1821 to 1826 in the buildings of the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site to reorganize Missouri's territorial government into progressive state system. Many heated debates of state's rights and slavery filled the rooms of the temporary capital. Legislators meet here while the new capitol buildings were being constructed in the new city of Jefferson City. Visitors can take a guided tour through the actual restored and furnished rooms where Missouri state government was created and first practiced. The restored Peck brothers' general store and residence have been furnished as they might have looked in the early 1800s.
Admission is free to the historic site's interpretive center, which offers two floors of exhibits and an orientation show. There is a small admission fee for tours. Days and hours of admission are seasonal. See website for more info.
First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site
200 South Main Street
St Charles, MO 63301
636-940-3322 (Park Office)