Brown Archeological Site – Fair Haven, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 37° 58.879 W 094° 12.537
15S E 393828 N 4204431
Quick Description: Archaeological site featuring an Osage village now a state historic site near Fair Haven, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 3/25/2015 8:48:43 PM
Waymark Code: WMNJZJ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
"In 1941, an archaeologist from the University of Missouri, Carl Chapman, Ph.D., surveyed the site and confirmed that the current location of Osage Village State Historic Site, then owned by Leslie Brown, was a principle village site of the Osage Indians. Through excavations over the years, archaeologists have learned that the houses were rectangular - 30 feet to 50 feet long and about 15 feet to 20 feet wide, with doorways that faced east. Pottery, weapons and tools that were discovered provide information about the daily lives of the villagers. In 1971, the site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Brown knew the value of the property and was interested in seeing the site preserved. After the death of the Browns, the Archaeological Conservancy purchased the property in 1981, and in 1984 sold the land to the state’s Department of Natural Resources to preserve as a state historic site.

Today, a walking trail and outdoor exhibits help visitors to imagine the daily activities at this once-thriving Indian village. Various interpretive stops along the trail allow visitors to visualize the relationship of this site to other nearby Osage and early European sites that once existed on distant hillsides." – Osage Village Historic Site website

The sites interpretive trail is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. There is an information kiosk located at the start of the trail.
Street address:
2300 Road north of Earhart Road
Walker, Missouri


County / Borough / Parish: Vernon

Year listed: 1971

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Information Potential

Periods of significance: 1700-1749,1750-1799

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Recreation and Culture

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Please give the date and brief account of your visit. Include any additional observations or information that you may have, particularly about the current condition of the site. Additional photos are highly encouraged, but not mandatory.
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