Missouri Daughters … Home of Preserving History

Historic preservation is one of the three primary goals of the National Society Daughters of the American Reservation. Missouri Daughters have been actively involved in marking sites, landmarks, trails, and institutions that represent a significant part of our Missouri history and culture since 1894, including many historic court houses and century farms located throughout the “Show Me” state.

Cold Water Cemetery and Roslyn Heights are among the many sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a direct result of the efforts of Missouri Daughters. Other sites and properties include train depots, homes, court houses, and other institutions.

View a recording of the 2020 Memorial Day Service at Cold Water Cemetery.

The historic Ste. Genevieve Academy, the oldest school this side of the Mississippi, was designated by the National Park Service as a national landmark in 1960 and rededicated by the Missouri DAR in 2009.

Missouri Historical Markers

Missouri Daughters have been instrumental in identifying and marking the grave sites of Revolutionary War patriots and Real Daughters of the American Revolution throughout the state of Missouri. Daughters purchased the historic Cold Water Cemetery in Florissant, Missouri, in 1963, which is thought to be the oldest existing cemetery for American settlers west of the Mississippi. Two known Revolutionary War soldiers and soldiers who fought in the War of 1812, the Seminole War, the War Between the States, the Mexican War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War are buried there.

Grave marking services are held for deceased Daughters through their chapter by request, and many active Daughters mark their own gravestones with the DAR Insignia to proudly display their DAR membership for future generations. If you have questions concerning the marking of a grave site for you or a loved one, contact our state historian.

Through the efforts of Missouri Daughters, a granite stone marks the original burial site of Daniel and Rebecca Bryan Boone in Marthasville, Missouri. Trail markers have been rededicated along the historic Boone’s Lick Trail, which stretches over 120 miles from St. Charles to New Franklin, Missouri.

Each stone recalls a stagecoach stop, tavern, fort, or some other outpost along the Boone’s Lick Trail, an early road traveled by pioneers who settled Missouri. Missouri Daughters have been marking historical trails and sites since the early 1900s as a way of preserving our rich Missouri history.

The Madonna of the Trail monument, located in Lexington, Missouri, is one of twelve identical statues dedicated to pioneer women in the United States, marking the historic National Old Trails Road from Cumberland, Maryland, to Upland, California. The monuments were erected by state organizations of the Daughters of the American Revolution in each of the twelve states through which the National Old Trails Road passes, culminating in the week of April 19, 1929, with the twelfth monument dedication at Bethesda, Maryland. Missouri Daughters proudly maintain their Madonna, which stands at the corner of Highland Street and Main Street, formerly the National Old Trails Road. This monument was rededicated on September 28, 1978, and an historic marker was placed in 2003. Lexington’s DAR Lafayette-Lexington Chapter is the guardian of the statue.

For questions or comments regarding MSSDAR historical markers, contact the MSSDAR state historian.

Patriots Honored at the Missouri State Capitol

Names of up to five Revolutionary War patriots buried in Missouri are added to a bronze plaque that hangs in the rotunda of the state capitol in Jefferson City by the Missouri DAR each year.