Bringing History to Life at Fairwinds – River’s Edge

Bringing History to Life at Fairwinds - River's Edge

In May of 1804, Captain Meriwether Lewis and his friend Second Lieutenant William Clark set out on what was then known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition. The first American expedition to cross the western United States, their journey is now famously known as The Lewis and Clark Expedition. Residents from Fairwinds – River’s Edge recently took their own expedition to learn more about the historical significance of their own backyard in the famous expedition that shaped American economy and commerce.

An Expedition of Their Own

Fairwinds - River's Edge Residents at Lewis & Clark Historical SiteFairwinds – River’s Edge is located in St. Charles, Missouri, which was also the final embarkation point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. 12 residents recently took their own expedition to understand the historical significance of their city in the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition.

At the historic Lewis and Clark site in Hartford, IL residents watched a video about the Camp River Dubois and the Lewis and Clark encampment, toured the mock military encampment, and learned from individuals in period-piece clothing. The historic site also gave guided tours and provides visitors with a unique look into the lifestyle of settlers in the early 19th century.

Carole Long, Fairwinds – River’s Edge resident, enjoyed the journey saying,

“What I found interesting was that they built a keel boat to scale, with one side being the exterior and the other being open so you could see how compactly everything had to be stored. We were running out of time, but I encouraged folks that it was worth the walk to see this exhibit.”

Boat replica at Lewis & Clark Historical SiteThe boat was constructed by hand and is 55 feet long with a mast reaching more than 30 feet high. The exterior of the boat is impressive, and it also gives visitors an insight into how provisions were stored on their long journey into unknown and uncharted territory.

After our grand expedition, all the residents stopped at My Just Desserts for lunch and, of course, dessert.

At Fairwinds – River’s Edge, we love exploring the world around us and strive to take advantage of every opportunity that comes with living in the Greater St. Louis area. We’d love for you to join us on our next expedition! Contact us today to explore your options in retirement living.

About the author

Alissa has been working in marketing and the senior living industry for over 7 years. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in advertising and has worked all over the world as a freelance communications strategist and writer. Currently living in Okinawa, Japan, Alissa loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with her two children and golden retriever.

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