Last updated: May 18, 2021
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Lewis and Clark NHT Visitor Centers and Museums
Visitor Centers and Museums along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
In the early 19th Century, the "red house" was the best-known trading post between St. Louis, MO and Memphis, TN. It also served as a fledgling community and government center for the area. In November of 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark stopped to visit with Lorimier's family and purchase supplies for the expedition ahead.
The reconstructed house displays several exhibits depicting the lives of the area's early settlers. Visitors can peruse 19th-century merchandise in Lorimier's Trading Post or visit the Lorimier Room to see how a home of this period may have been decorated. In the Girardeau Room, a large map of the territory under control of Don Louis Lorimier for the Spanish Government is on display. Visitors can also walk through the Historic Gardens on the north side of the house which contains flowers, vegetables, and herbs typical of a garden in 1803.
Today, the Red House Interpretive Center is maintained by the City of Cape Girardeau and is open to visitors from May to October. Admission is free. Guided group tours are available on weekdays by appointment only. Call (573) 339-6340.