Rough It In This Conestoga Wagon In Marthasville
When I saw the picture of this Conestoga Wagon two things came to mind. First, that game that taught us about life in the 19th Century "The Oregon Trail". And the second, "Little House on the Prarie". Want to experience that life for real? Now you can, sort of, by staying in this Conestoga Wagon in Marthasville at Boone Monument Village.
Boone Monument Village is a restored 19th Century Village now reborn as a venue for weddings, meetings, receptions, family, and corporate events. The Village is located in Marthasville, a little over two hours from Sedalia more or less outside of St. Louis.
One of Boone Monument Village's selling points is staying in historic bedchambers, a log cabin, or even a historic home that's more of a mansion. Another option is to stay in their Conestoga Wagon. You can book most of these accommodations on the Village's website or on Airbnb.
As for the accommodations, the Conestoga wagon sleeps up to six people. Two in one queen-size bed, as well as two twin bunk beds (4 beds total.) The Airbnb listing mentions the accommodations work great for family retreats or girls' weekends.
While Boone Monument Village is historic, they don't really expect you to really rough it. According to the Airbnb listing, the wagon is heated and cooled, does have electricity, and does have internet connectivity as well.
What it doesn't have, is its own bathroom. Well, maybe it does. But it's about 50 yards away from the wagon.
As far as reconciling the past with today Boone Monument Village has this to say in their Airbnb postin.
The owners have been meticulous in their effort to provide modern comforts while still enabling guests with the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Sleeping in a Conestoga Wagon and "roughing it" with five of my closest friends doesn't sound like that much fun to me. Even if the wagon is somehow air-conditioned or heated. But that's just me. If I want to learn about prairie life in the 19th Century, I think I'll stick to reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's books, or forgetting about life for an hour while letting Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landon entertain me on the television.
If it's your thing, click one of the links and book it, and don't forget to share your experience with me. I'd like to share your experience.