Fayette! A Taste of Little Dixie


Howard County Courthousebarn block in FayetteFayette is the county seat of Howard County and the courthouse square provides a picturesque location for the many festivals hosted by the city. Fayette itself is located in an area of rolling hills dotted with small farms.  It is easily accessible from Interstate 70 over scenic state roads from Boonville on the west and Columbia on the east.  In addition to the courthouse square, Fayette has a number of structures which are listed on the national historic register.

A quiet pastoral community now but during the Civil War, Fayette was the scene of much mayhem. On September 24, 1864, William "Bloody Bill" Anderson and George Todd led about 250 pro-Southern guerillas in an attack upon 40 or so Union troops stationed in Fayette. Thirteen of Anderson's men died in the attack while the Union lost only one. A commemorative marker can be found on the campus of Central Methodist University (CMU), just north of the Courthouse square.

Methodist Church on campus of Central Methodist UniversityMore than 1,000 students attend classed at CMU, whose lovely buildings date back as far as 1848. The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art, located in the newly renovated Classic Hall, hosts five exhibitions a year and displays a permanent collection. The Little Theatre at CMU produces four main stage shows a year and hosts several visiting professional companies. The Fayette Area Community Theater hosts three shows a year. CMU's excellent music program provides a number of concerts throughout the school year and presents an opera each year as the culmination of its annual Opera Workshop.

Quilt of Valor presentation during 4th of July celebrationOutdoor enthusiasts can hike, picnic and fish around three city lakes located just west of the town. Festivals are popular hers and draw visitors from all over the Midwest. They include the Juneteenth celebration in June at the courthouse square, the Strawberry Festival also in June in the City Park, the Fourth of July celebration at the city park and the Festival of Arts on August 6.

The domed Morrison Observatory is located on the edge of the city park. It was originally built in Glasgow in 1875 but was moved to its present site in 1935. During the school year and on special occasions the Observatory offers public nights.

For more information about Fayette, visit www.fayette.missouri.org.