PLAN A VISIT!
Group Tour Information for Osage County
Let the Welcome to Osage County Agritourism Council help you make plans to visit Osage County. We are located in the center of the State of Missouri with two main highways crisscrossing our county, Highways 63 and 50. Highway 100 runs through the northern edge of Osage County, much of the way within sight of the Missouri River. It passes through the Missouri River bottoms farmland between Chamois and Morrison and eventually connects to Hermann.
The mission of the Osage County Agritourism Council is to open our doors to showcase Osage County’s unique communities, heritage, agricultural lifestyle and products.
We provide that rural experience by inviting groups to spend time with us. We will help you plan your itinerary, making all arrangements for you, except transportation and/or lodging. And you may pay for everything with one check. We will also provide a guide so you have the opportunity to get to know a native, ask questions as you travel from each venue and learn the rural life-style we share in Osage County.
In the sample listed below, you will find itineraries for a day in Osage County. These can be modified for two-day stays with overnight accommodations here. We can combine any of the items in the itineraries (depending on distance involved) or add additional ones to make your rural experience complete. We will be glad to give you pricing for any itineraries that you would like us to prepare for you. We can easily customize your itinerary to match the interests of your travelers.
If you are interested in a multi-day experience, we will gladly work with the Jefferson City, Callaway County and/or Hermann Tourism Bureaus to plan an amazing 2 – 3 day adventure for your group.
Tour Stops to Consider
9:45 Arrive in Linn ( Restrooms are available)
Tour of State Technical College
Founded in 1961, it is Missouri’s only two-year public technical college with a state wide mission. Guides will be taking you to see demonstrations of students working in a laboratory environment. State Tech prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning. 99% of the graduates find gainful employment or continue their education with 6 months of graduation. State Tech offers over 45 programs in technical training.
12:00 Lunch served in the Cafeteria at State Tech
1:15 Visit Healing Horses Therapeutic Riding Program
Located 4 miles east of Linn, the program is dedicated to providing recreational therapy and enriching the lives of individuals with disabilities to help them discover how equine assisted activities can enrich and inspire their lives. Amy DeCramer and her assistants have helped countless persons by offering the use of a horse and equine-related activities to achieve a variety of benefits.
2:15 Board motorcoach to drive to Westphalia
Visit St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Founded in 1838, this is the oldest Catholic Parish in Osage County. The sanctuary holds the largest collection of relics in the Diocese of Jefferson City. The building features a unique double choir loft and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A member of the parish will be available to visit with you about the history of the church.
3:15 Wine Tasting at the Westphalia Vineyards
Located just across the street from the Church is the Tasting Room for the Westphalia Vineyard. Terry Neuner, owner of the winery will be on hand to provide you a tasting of his award-winning wines. You will enjoy hearing about the history of the winery as well as the quaint village of Westphalia.
We will make all of the arrangements for you and you may pay for everything with one check. Also included are the services of a step-on guide for the day, lunch, donations to any of the churches that you visit and a “goodie bag” with Osage County information.
PRICE: $50.00 per person, Escort and Driver are comped
Check Written to: Osage County Agritourism Council
Please call or email if you have any questions or concerns.
John Gulick, Tour Coordinator
Osage County Agritourism Council
“WELCOME TO OSAGE COUNTY – A day in Linn, Missouri”
9:45 Arrive at Osage County Community Center, State Technical College campus, 1769 U.S. Highway 50, Linn
Bathroom break and stretch. Osage County “goodie” bags distributed with more information about today’s destinations and Osage County in general.
10:15 Arrive “Where Pigs Fly Farm”, 3 miles east of Linn, 2810 U.S. Highway 50
60 acre farm celebrating 10 years of operation. 2nd largest collection of pig “memorabilia” in the world (45,000 articles). 4 room airbnb operation. Animal rescue farm with 25 different breeds of typical farm animals as well as a camel, emu, peacocks, six different breeds of pigs, multiple horses, etc. Visit with the talking cockatoo and parrots in Oinkin Hall (also 9 Christmas trees set up year round with nothing but pig ornaments!) http://wherepigsflyfarm.com
12:15 Enjoy a delicious lunch in Linn at Notre Dame Hall, St. George Catholic Church, 613 E. Main, Street, Linn provided by St Ann’s Sodality.
1:00 Visit Classic Buildings, LLC 67 Progress Lane, Linn, MO
Ken Miller, the owner of the company will be welcoming you. This is the corporate home and manufacturing headquarters for Classic Buildings which are made using Amish craftmanship and pride. You will be able to see construction and tour some of the finished products which include portable buildings, storage sheds, garages, tiny homes and cabins.
2:15 Visit Deutsches Heim Specialty Grocery Store/Busy Bean Cafe 87 Highway CC, Linn, MO
The grocery store has a large selection of bulk foods as well as a fabulous bakery which features homemade breads, coffee cakes, and cookies. Specialized coffee is also available. A separate showroom contains Amish Furniture and many handmade gift items. Conclude a relaxing day in Osage County by sitting on their porch in outdoor furniture as you sip your coffee or eat your cookies or other sweets.
If you want to do some “used” book shopping, just walk across the parking lot to Missouri River Regional Library Osage County branch. (22 Library Lane, Linn) They have a special room filled with donated books for sale (cheap) as well as exhibit of local artists in their large community room (also restrooms!).
3:30 Return to Osage Community Center (1769 U.S. Highway 50) for one last bathroom break before heading home.
All of the arrangements are made for you and you may pay for everything with one check. Included are the services of a step-on guide for the day, lunch, and a “goodie bag” with Osage County information.
Price: $50.00 per person ( Driver will be comped for lunch)
Check should be written to the Osage County Agritourism Council, 5810 Sterling Ridge, Jefferson City, MO 65101-9566
John R. Gulick, Secretary
Osage County Agritourism Council
“WELCOME TO OSAGE COUNTY”
9:00 Arrive in Linn Old School Antique Mall, 1204 E. Main, Linn Short restroom stop at former Linn Elementary School converted into 100 stall antique Mall. Restroom break and opportunity to get coffee/tea at Serendipity Coffee and Tea shop. (parking on side and back of building)
9:45 Tour of Osage Industries 194 Twin Ridge Road Linn, MO
The factory has been in operation for 35 years. They began by building personal-use
conversion vans. As they moved into the emergency vehicles they began to create high-quality custom vehicles which are customized for each community. They now have the capacity to produce 240 vehicles per year. Tour will follow the production process from chassis to completed ambulance.
12:00 Lunch served in the St. George Catholic Church, Notre Dame Hall by the St. Ann’s Sodality. 613 East Main Street, Linn, MO
12:45 Visit St. George Catholic Church in Linn. 613 East Main Street Linn, MO
The congregation began in 1866. The present building was dedicated in May of 1976. Recently the entire sanctuary was renovated. A member of the parish will be greeting you and be available to answer any questions about the church and school.
1:45 Visit Ely Manor and Wedding and Event Center, Linn Learn the history of the former Osage County Poorhouse built in 1893. Mike and Tricia Ely have turned the building into their home as well as a bed and breakfast. The Ely’s have recently built a Wedding and Event Center using recycled material like the former floor of the Hearnes Basketball court from the University of Missouri-Columbia Campus.
3:00 Board motorcoach for Countryside Gardens 2368 Hwy C Bonnots Mill, MO
Large array of plants, trees, and other garden accessories for sale in their picturesque location.
4:30 Return trip to Linn/4:45 Restroom break and shopping at Old School Antique Mall, 1204 E. Main, Linn before heading home after a fun day in Osage County.
Included are the services of a step-on guide for the day, lunch, donation to St. George Catholic Church and a “goodie bag” with Osage County information. Trip will be limited to 50 guests.
Price: $50.00 per person
Check should be written to the Osage County Agritourism Council, P.O. Box 15, Linn, MO 65051
John R. Gulick, Secretary, Osage County Agritourism Council 573.690.1076 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ambulances, Farms and Flowers!
9:00 a.m. Osage County Community Center (Restroom stop)
1811 Highway 50E, Linn, MO 65051
9:15 a.m. Osage Industries tour, 194 Twin Ridge Road, Linn, MO 65051
Tour of the factory which has been in operation for 35 years. They began by building personal-use conversion vans. They moved into the production of emergency vehicles and began to create high quality custom ambulances (valued at up to $235,000) for communities across America.
11:15 a.m. St. George Catholic Church (tour and lunch)
613 East Main Street, Linn, MO 65101
Church started in 1866. The present building was dedicated in May of 1976 but recently the entire sanctuary was renovated. A member of the parish will be greeting us and be available to answer any questions about the church and school.
Homemade lunch of German pot roast, mashed potatoes, cabbage slaw, and a vegetable will then be served right at the church by the St. Ann’s Sodality including yummy homemade desserts!
12:45 p.m. Board coach and head to:
Seven Thunder Bison Farm
5065 Hwy 89 N. Chamois, MO 65024
Close-up view of a bison herd without getting off the coach.
1:30 p.m. Arrive:
Paulsmeyer Family Farm
10833 Hwy 100, Chamois, MO 65024
Visit one of the largest farming operations in the Missouri River bottom, the Paulsmeyer Family Farms. They are a sixth generation farm and, besides raising corn and soybeans, they grow sweet corn, melons, and pumpkins. They will be sharing their story about the 2019 floods as well as showing and demonstrating some of the equipment that they use in their operation.
2:15 p.m. Board coach and head to Countryside Gardens
2368 Hwy C, Bonnots Mill, MO 65016
Countryside Gardens is located between Frankenstein and Bonnots Mills. They will visit with you about their operation before turning us loose in their large array of plants, trees, and other garden accessories which you can purchase.
3:30 p.m. Depart Gardens and head to Osage County Community Center :
4:15 p.m. Tour complete
Optional – shopping at Old School Antique Mall, Linn
The former Linn public elementary school is now an antique mall with over 100 vendors. They stay open to 6 p.m. so you are welcome to explore on your own.