Weston is set in rolling hills and is located just 30-minutes from downtown Kansas City. This active farming community is home to numerous shops including several antique stores. The city's restaurants also offer a varied cuisine.
As the old saying goes, "when you're given lemons, turn them into lemonade." That's exactly what the 1837 Missouri River town of Weston, Missouri has done through the years. Seemingly disastrous fires, floods, Civil War hardships and the destruction of the river port are today viewed in a positive light as the city works to preserve its heritage and celebrate its past. Weston has lots to be proud of, billing itself as the "Town that Time Forgot" and welcoming visitors with antique shops, a winery, a 1,133-acre State Park on the Missouri River and a 22-block historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A trip to Weston is truly like taking a trip back to the past.
The Platte Purchase of 1837 brought the influx of settlers to Weston from Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as emigrants from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Weston became a thriving river port and wagon outfitting post. By 1853, Weston had a population of 5,000 and was the second largest Missouri port. Hemp and tobacco were among the most profitable early crops. Business was brisk as steamboats jammed the river and two large flour mills, a brewery, eight churches and 12 private schools flourished. In the years between 1853 and 1880, disaster struck Weston with two fires destroying a large portion of the business district and five floods, the last of which moved the river (and the port) two miles away. By 1890, less than 1,000 residents remained.
Today Weston is home to the only tobacco market west of the Mississippi River and to the McCormick Distilling Company, one of America's oldest distilleries. The former German Lutheran Evangelical Church, built in 1867, houses the cellars of the Pirtle Winery, where wine tastings are conducted. At O'Malley's 1842 Irish Pub, visitors sample Irish beer in the cellar of the oldest brewery west of the Hudson River.
Numerous historic sites attract visitors year round. The Weston Historical Museum features artifacts depicting life in Weston from prehistoric times to World War II. The Price-Loyles House, an 1857 Federal-style home, is filled with original family furnishings and toys from the 1860s. This was home to four generations of Daniel Boone's descendants. The Herbert Bonnell Museum offers a glimpse into household and farm life during the 1800s.
Nearby Weston Bend State Park, administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, offers scenic overlooks, camping facilities and hiking and biking trails. Four tobacco barns are located within the park's boundaries and one is used to tell the story of tobacco production. More outdoor adventure can be found at the Snow Creek Ski Area, where the lack of snow doesn't stop skiers. Snow Creek's snowmaking capabilities keep the slopes open from mid-December through mid-March.
For additional information, please contact the Weston Development Company 888-635-7457. You can also visit Weston online at www.ci.weston.mo.us.
Directions from downtown
Kansas City, Missouri to Weston, Missouri
I-29 North to exit 20 (just north of Platte City). Go west on Highway 92 to Tracy, Missouri. Follow signs to Weston (six miles).