Way out in the middle of nowhere, there is this little deserted town called Old Greenville, Missouri. The town itself no longer sits there, but they have turned historic remains into a campground/roadside attraction. Every year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake, in partnership with the Wayne County Historical Society and Crowley’s Ridge Black Powder Club, put on Old Greenville Days.
I decided to take a trip out to Old Greenville to see what all the buzz was about. To my surprise, this event is quite popular. Old Greenville Days can be described as a mix between a family reunion and a Civil War Reenactment.
I discovered many families have been coming to Old Greenville Days together, to visit,
participate or to set up as vendors. One visitor told me that she comes every year just for the crafts; another said he comes to participate in the Living History Encampment. They all told me to check out the old-fashion childrens’ games, which included tug-of-war.
What to Know Before Attending Old Greenville Days
Wear Walking Shoes. This is held in a field-like area and the ground is uneven in places.
Carry Cash. Many of the vendors are not set up to take debit or credit cards, so carry some cash.
Children’s Activities are Limited. There are some old fashioned children’s games on site, but no rides or anything like that.
The Event is Noisy. Be advised that there will be guns, cannons, and other reenactment equipment making a lot of noise.
Old Greenville Day is held yearly at Old Greenville, Mo. The event takes place the 3rd weekend of September. Admission is free; for more information, call 573-222-8562 or visit the Army Corps of Engineers’ website.