Overland Historical Society
2404 Gass Ave
Overland, Missouri 63114
(314) 426-7027






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General Membership Meetings

All members and potential members are encouraged to attend the General Membership Meetings held on a regular basis by the Society. Come and find out what plans the Society has in store and enjoy a social break and a special guest speaker at each meeting.


The Log House Site

The first and most significant construction on our site is the Log House. The structure is authentic and was dismantled from its original location overlooking the Missouri River just west of Wild Horse Creek Road and rebuilt by members on the current site. It dates to the mid 1800s.

The two-story log house is built in a "dog-trot" design. Since useable lengths of logs only grew so long, this method of construction allowed for a larger building. The dog-trot refers to the area between what was actually two log cabins with a space between. Dogs were often found enjoying whatever breeze was available in the open center area. The original owners enclosed the dog-trot for the addition of an entry-way and stairs.

Within the parlor, bedroom, keeping room and dog-trot are several items from the 1800s. This is a rare opportunity to take a step back into the past and experience what life must have been like in those days.

There is also a working loom and weaving demonstrations at many of our functions.

The log barn exhibit includes tools and farm implements. We have a covered wagon and buggy on display as well.

The latest additions to the historic site include a smokehouse and outhouse. The smokehouse was once located between Clayton and Manchester Roads, close to Lindbergh Blvd. When the reconstruction is finished it will be a functional smokehouse. Visitors should also take a peek inside the authentic "single-seat" outhouse that was constructed as an Eagle Scout project by one of our younger members.

Expansion of the site continues as the Society has acquired an additional parcel of property that it uses as a museum, gift shop and office. The museum features exhibits of Overland and the Overland Trail. Take a moment to enjoy our displays of antique toys, accessories and firearms. One of the rooms contains memorabilia of the Ritenour School District. A good selection of merchandise is available for purchase in our gift shop, including our cookbook. Another building on the site is used for the preservation and accession of our collection.




Five officers lead the Society: a president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and corresponding secretary. Ten additional members serve on the Board of Directors



We have dozens of activities in which you may participate. You can assist with the planning and operation of our historic site by becoming a valuable addition on a committee of your choice. Our members can enjoy volunteering as site tour guides, gift shop staff, annual bus tour assistants, or lending a hand keeping the buildings and grounds looking wonderful. You may just prefer to help with one of our special committees that do fundraising events like rummage and bake sales, and of course, peeling, stirring and jarring during our traditional apple butter cooking time.


Our Annual Events


Annual Candlelight Tour

Enjoy the site with seasonal holiday decorations of the era. Our antique organ is put to good use, as well as the working fireplaces and refreshment table where we serve warm spiced cider and homemade cookies.

Plan to make time to tour our museum adjacent to the Log House. Held each December, this event is a holiday tradition for many area families.


Apple Buttering Days

"Apple buttering" is a great way to meet other people while you learn how the pioneers preserved apples in the "good ole days". The apples are prepared using manually- operated apple peelers and then trimmed and cut into small pieces by hand. The aromas are wonderful as we cook apples in large copper kettles and then jar the cooked apple butter.

The workers are also able to taste the finished product on hot biscuits after jarring. Our famous apple butter is for sale to help defray costs for the site as well as enable us to promote the history of our area. Any apple butter not sold in pre orders is available at the annual Overland Autumn in the Park event.