A Long-Term Partnership
Arrow Rock’s J. Huston Tavern, reputed to be the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi, began a new chapter when The Friends of Arrow Rock and the State of Missouri formed a partnership to run the restaurant. Under the terms of a cooperative agreement with Missouri State Parks, Friends of Arrow Rock Inc. has managed the restaurant since March, 2019.
The Friends of Arrow Rock was established in 1959, with dual missions of preservation and history education in the National Historic Landmark village of Arrow Rock. The organization currently owns and maintains 13 historic properties in the town and entertains and educates thousands of visitors each year through tours, workshops, school programs, lectures and events.
The J. Huston Tavern was established in 1834 to provide food and lodging for travelers along the Santa Fe Trail, and has continued to operate ever since.
The Tavern has special meaning for Friends of Arrow Rock. The organization was founded during a statewide meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution on June 14, 1959 ⸺ a meeting that took place at the J. Huston Tavern.