"Kimmswick's Motto: Where Yesteryear Becomes Today" Kimmswick by deecat

Kimmswick Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 18 photos

Black & White Photos for 1800's Kimmswick

While visiting Kimmswick, Missouri, I decided to use Black and White film to denote the "yesteryear" look.

Kimmswick is a small town about 25 minutes South of downtown St. Louis that is located near the Mississippi River. If you visit Kimmswick, you will feel as though you are in the 1800's.
The town is mainly antique stores, unique shops, great restaurants, Inns, Bed and Breakfast Homes as well as a private cemetery and an old-fashioned Post Office.
There are only about 150 people in this town of restored homes and businesses, but it's crowded with visitors throughout the year.

There are five annual festivals each year:
1. Strawberry Festival in May or June.
2. Civil War Reenactment during the
second weekend in August.
3. Apple Butter Festival during the
last full weekend in October.
4. Christmas Open House on the
Friday before Thanksgiving.
5. Christmas Candlelight Walk
during the first full weekend in
Whether you attend one of the festivals or just spend a delightful day browsing through the numerous shops, you will be able to step back in time to the 1800's.

Authentic Touches Make Kimmswick Memorable

While strolling down one of the historic streets in Kimmswick, we saw this fantastic Hitching Post which was, at one time, used to "hitch" the horse up while you visited a home. Quaint...

Historic Homes in Kimmswick

This is one of many private historic homes that have been restored to their original architecture authenticity here in Kimmswick. It's a joy to see a whole town join into the spirit of restoration.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quaint, historic, architectural delight
  • Cons:Some stores are too "Tourist Driven"
  • In a nutshell:Lovingly Restored Town Near St. Louis
  • Last visit to Kimmswick: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated May 15, 2004
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I lived on both sides over 30 years and not got to here. It looks like a trip I may take one day. Good job. I just returned from New Mexico to see the sites and hike. Great trip

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    What a charming place! Love the fact that they preserved then reconstructed so many of the buildings. The B & B seems like an excellent place to stay and most of all, the Blue Owl Restaurant is by itself enough to make me want to visit this little "village." Nice work!!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2010 at 6:29 AM

    Black and White photographs are so wonderful and enjoyable. Gives it that period touch! Love the museums and the old post office. I always enjoy your lovely tips!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    I see it's an interesting historical town indeed... Thanks for your story...

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2010 at 7:52 AM

    Another terrific page about an interesting small town - I love these pages of yours, Dee. Using B&W adds a by-gone dimension to your photos - lovely! leyle

  • jillzi's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    I'll add my "to cents" and repeat that the B/W photos add a great deal. This is quite unique and I love the post office. The little extras that you include add to the overall excellence.

  • Jan 2, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Such small historic towns are often overlooked. So glad you shared it with us. Love the black/white film. Adds ambience to this outstanding set of pages about a quaint place.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    The black & white photos work really well Dee and give your page an extra bit of character :-) I like the sound of an apple butter festival (we can't get apple butter here and I love it!) And I really enjoyed the personal histories attached to the houses

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Dee, lovely page about this small American town. Your black and white photos make it look even older than it actually is. Well done.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    !Your black and white photos make a feeling as though we are in the 1800's indeed. I loved that amusing Hitching Post, haha! Thanks Dee for this splendid virtual tour into the XIXth century


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