See the historic village of Arrow Rock, Missouri in a whole new light by exploring it in the dark! Your guide will lead you on a 2-hour walk around the village, recounting spine-tingling tales of daring adventures and dastardly deeds from days gone by. You’ll walk in the footsteps of great American painter George Caleb Bingham, “Quinine Doctor” John Sappington, rowdy river men, weary pioneers, slaves, merchants and tradesmen who lived and died (and some say linger still) in the village.WHEN: Every Friday and Saturday in October at 7:30 p.m. beginning on Oct. 4. (See below for information on scheduling a Night Walk for your group on a different date.) WHERE: We begin and end our walk at 310 Main Street at the Friends of Arrow Rock office. We recommend you arrive approximately 15 minutes early to check in. TOUR LENGTH: Approximately .75 mile of walking distance. PRICES: $20 per participant if purchased in advance, $25 if paid on the night of the event. NEW THIS YEAR: Dinner+Night Walk. Enjoy a delicious, pre-walk dinner in the historic (and haunted!) J. Huston Tavern. Each $40 Dinner+Night Walk ticket includes your meal, chosen from any entrée or sandwich option on the J. Huston Tavern menu, along with included sides, iced tea or coffee, dessert, tax, gratuity, and your Night Walk ticket. (Appetizers and alcohol are available from the restaurant for an additional charge.) Dinner seating is at 6 p.m. Watch for details in an email you will receive at least one week before your tour.
RESTRICTIONS: All ages are welcome but be aware that this is an educational and historical tour primarily aimed at adults, and we will be telling some stories that may be too intense for young children. No pets will be allowed on the tour. Smoking or the consumption of alcoholic beverages during the tour are strictly prohibited; anyone who violates these policies will be asked to leave the tour.
Each tour is limited to 28 individuals. These tours often sell out far in advance. Reservations are strongly recommended.
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A FEW DOs and DON’Ts:
- Do wear comfortable shoes. The tour involves about 3/4 mile of start-and-stop walking. There are some moderate hills and a few stairs on the route. Most of the route is on sidewalks or paved streets. Weather permitting, we’ll take a brief walk through a level, grassy field.
- Do dress appropriately for the weather. These tours will not be canceled for rain, but will be rescheduled in the event of a lightning storm or other threatening weather. If a tour is rescheduled, participants will have the option of moving their reservation to another date or receiving a full refund on their reservation. In the event of a cancellation, we will contact you be email and/or telephone.
- Do bring a camera. Sometimes the camera sees things the eyes miss!
- Do bring a flashlight if you wish. Your guides will have lights and there are streetlights along most of the path, but a flashlight will come in handy during portions of the walk.
- Do bring snacks or drinks if you’d like. These items are also available for purchase at the Friends of Arrow Rock museum shop prior to the start of the tour.
- Don’t smoke cigarettes/cigars or consume alcoholic beverages while on the tour. Anyone found violating this policy will be asked to leave the tour.
- Don’t wander away from the group or trespass on private property while on the tour.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Can I get a refund if my plans change?
Night Walk tours are refundable or transferable to an alternative date if we are notified at least 48 hours in advance. Call Friends of Arrow Rock at 660-837-3231 or send us an email. You may transfer your ticket to another person without notifying us. Just have that person inform us of the change when they check in prior to the walk.Can I show up without a reservation?
We expect these tours to sell out in advance. If you do not have a reservation and the tour is at capacity, we regretfully will have to turn you away.Is this a ghost hunt?
We won’t be doing any active paranormal investigating, but we will tell you about strange and unexplained occurrences that have happened in some of the buildings you’ll see on the tour. You’ll also see and hear evidence collected by professional ghost hunters and others — we’ll let you draw your own conclusions about what you hear and see!Will we go inside any buildings?
The tour is divided fairly evenly between outdoor and indoor venues. Participants will have an opportunity to visit several of Arrow Rock’s most historic buildings, including one that is not part of any other tour offered by Friends of Arrow Rock.Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
The route takes us on sidewalks and paved streets. One short leg of the journey is over a grassy field on level terrain. There are some moderately steep hills on the route. Two of the buildings on the tour have a short flight of stairs at the entrance. Please call us at 660-837-3231 if you have questions about accessibility.Other questions?
Contact the Friends of Arrow Rock at 660-837-3231 or by email.
You don’t have to wait until October to experience the thrill of an Arrow Rock Night Walk. The Friends of Arrow Rock is delighted to accommodate special requests for Night Walks any time during the year!
There is a minimum charge of $100 for a group of four or fewer; otherwise, we will honor the standard $20 per person rate for a specially scheduled tour.
Private tour dates must be arranged at least one week in advance by contacting the Friends of Arrow Rock office at 660-837-3231 or by email.