General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site

1100 Pershing Dr., Laclede, MO 64651 - United States




Explore a piece of America’s military history at Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site and learn about the experiences that molded a Laclede country boy into one of the nation’s legendary generals. General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site preserves, protects and interprets the significance of Pershing's life and legacy using the Pershing Boyhood Home, the Prairie Mound School, the extant remains of the grounds, and artifacts associated with Pershing, and provides appropriate and compatible memorial activities. The site is the only facility in the world dedicated to the impact and legacy of Pershing's life and military career spanning from 1860-1948.


Tours currently are given on demand, with the last tour starting at 4 p.m. The tour will take the visitor through the life of Gen. Pershing, General of the Armies, beginning with his formative years in his boyhood home and ending in the First World War Commemorative Garden, where soil from the eight First World War Cemeteries was added in remembrance of all those who remain in American Battlefield Monument Commission Cemeteries in Europe. In the garden is a very special red poppy gifted by The Smithsonian Gardens; the poppy is a cross between the American Legion Poppy and the Flanders Field Poppy that blooms in the spring.

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