Callaway County, Missouri is the perfect location for doing business, learning and enjoying life. So much so, that it was voted 4th Best Place to Live in Rural America by Progressive Farmer Magazine. The article stated, “The land is scenic from the fertile plains in the north to the rolling hills and bluffs bordering the Missouri River at the Southern border. Callaway County can boast a low crime rate, good school systems and a low cost of living. Though it’s growing fast, the country has kept its warm, rural charm.”
Fulton, the county seat is rich in historic charm. The downtown area boasts cobblestone streets with period lighting fixtures and pre-1900 buildings. Historic business districts on Court and 5th Street and three historic residential districts centralize the community’s charm. Outlines for walking or driving tours of these districts are available through the Chamber of Commerce.
The National Churchill Museum as well as Auto World Museum are located in Fulton. Two institutions of higher-learning, William Woods University and Westminster College, also call Fulton home. They host theatrical events, renowned speakers and various other events throughout the year bringing a sense of sophistication and culture to the area.
The northern part of Callaway County, including Kingdom City, Auxvasse, Williamsburg and Millersburg, is primarily farm country. Kingdom City sits at the intersection of Highways 54 and 70. There you will find restaurants, hotels and shopping. Auxvasse is home to several small businesses and hosts Auxvasse Loafer’s Week each year in February. It’s a week long celebration of community that involves great food, games and catching up with neighbors. Williamsburg is where you will find two of Callaway County’s greatest treasures, Crane’s Museum and Crane’s Store. Not only is it a great destination for antique lovers, it’s an inexpensive place to enjoy lunch with their “One Meat, One Cheese, One Dollar” sandwiches. Be sure to check out Apple Wagon Antique Mall and Home Decor Outlet featuring 50+ vendors and more than 125 booths. In Millersburg, you can visit Treasure Hill Doll House Miniatures and Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall or enjoy a leisurely time at Serenity Valley Winery in Holts Summit.
The southern part of Callaway County is home to Ameren UE’s Callaway Plant, a nuclear power plant that has been in operation since the 1980s. The steam from its cooling tower can be seen from miles away. It is also home to Holts Summit, one of the fastest growing areas in Callaway County. There you can shop the unique styles of Calena’s and enjoy a glass of wine and great food at Summit Lake Winery which sits atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. If you enjoy golf, be sure to visit Meadow Lake Acres Golf Course in New Bloomfield. For the nature enthusiast, the Katy Trail runs along the Missouri River bottom through the towns of Tebbetts, Mokane, Steedman and Portland.