By Laura (Abernathy) Huffman
Because kids (of all ages) love tractors & farm implements!
You’ve most likely heard of, or even visited Maramec Spring Park. The park is located southeast of St. James, Missouri on Highway 8. You may have fed the trout, taken pictures of the old iron works, fished the stream, or walked around it’s landmark spring. However, if you have not visited the on-site Ozark Agriculture Museum you have been missing out. A majority of the collection was donated by Fred St. Onge. St. Onge, an engineer by trade, was fascinated by farm tools and machinery. You’ll share his fascination and appreciate his gifts as you wander through this museum.
Things to Know:
- Ozark Agriculture Museum admission is included in the $5 (per car) park admission.
- Ozark Agriculture Museum is open April through October.
- Ozark Agriculture Museum sells a small inventory of souvenirs and books appropriate for all ages. The gift shop does not take debit or credit cards.
- Maramec Spring Park is owned and operated by the James Foundation.
- Maramec Spring Park is the former site of the first established iron furnace in Missouri.
- Maramec Spring Park is one of seven certified Trail of Tears National Historic Trail sites in Missouri.
- Nearby Snelson-Brinker Cabin is also one of seven certified Trail of Tears National Historic Trail sites in Missouri.
- Maramec Spring, the 5th largest spring in Missouri, was designated as a Natural Landmark in 1971.
- Plan to spend a full half-day or leisurely full day at the park & museum.
- Picnicking is allowed at the park and a cafe operates near the park entrance.
- Maramec Spring Park is especially busy during trout season and during Old Iron Works Day.
- Maramec Spring Park, along with the Ozark Agriculture Museum, is a wonderful home-school outing.
For other things to see and do in and around St. James, Missouri visit the Chamber of Commerce.