35 minutes from St. Louis
South of Valmeyer
We had the opportunity to visit the Fall Festival at Maeystown, IL which is a quaint, little, historic village of about 400 people built near the bluffs of the Mississippi River. It was founded in 1852 by German immigrants and still has about 60 significant structures that still exist including the original church, a stone bridge, and Zeitinger’s Mill. It looks like the settlers just carved the stone out of the bluff to create their shelters.
I was told that they use to have an event each month but have narrowed it down to three bigger festivals a year. We had the pleasure of attending the Oktoberfest which is always held the second Sunday in October from 9:00am – 5pm. People actually open up their back yard to vendors of art, crafts, and antiques. They are all set up along a stream and the cool air and beautiful fall colors of the 200 year old (plus) trees made for a very enjoyable day. They certainly were not lacking on the food options. All the organizations in town provided different treats like homemade pie! It was a wonderful experience.
The other two larger events are: The Old Fashioned German Christmas which is held the first Sunday in December which includes music, carriage rides, shopping, and more and The Springfest/Fruehlingsfest is the first Sunday of May with an antique and garden show. See how the town springs into bloom.
Believe it or not, there is lodging in this small town: Corner George Inn Bed & Breakfast which is a restored 1884 hotel and saloon. There is also a coffee house, restaurant, sweet shoppe, general store, mill and museum all in this little town! A short trip to Schorr Lake Winery, Lau Nae Winery, and Maeystown for their festival is the perfect little getaway for a couple looking for something fun to do.
Chrissy added that there was lack of parking spaces which was mostly along the sides of the streets and that you may have to climb the steep roads so wear your walking shoes.
Chrissy’s Crushes about Maeystown was the old buildings and scenic setting.
Lynn’s Wins was the beautiful brook and old bridge beside the festival.