The Friends of Arrow Rock was established in 1959 by a visionary group of people who believed Arrow Rock’s rich history and 19th-century structures were treasures worth preserving.
Sixty years have passed since the organization’s founding, but the members’ commitment to sharing the stories of Arrow Rock and maintaining its architectural assets has never wavered. Today’s Arrow Rock is one of the premier tourist attractions in Missouri, thriving with restaurants, museums, shops, B&Bs, hiking trails and a professional theater. Tens of thousands of visitors come to Arrow Rock each year to see one of the most remarkable historic towns in the United States, and that’s due in no small part to the ongoing work of the Friends of Arrow Rock.
In 2019, Friends of Arrow Rock expanded its mission and took over management of the J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi. In a new cooperative partnership with Missouri State Parks, we are able to use our resources and know-how to preserve this important historic business.