Country Store Corridor
A Historic, National Treasure | Our Conservation Outpost on the Katy Trail | Country Store Corridor Starting Point
About the Peers Store
Open on weekends from 12 pm to 4 pm through April to October.
This historic store was built for the arrival of the KATY Railroad in 1896. The Peers Store is a prime example of what conservation and preservation along the Katy Trail can accomplish.
From the live local music on the porch, to our 4-acre Peers Prairie (our butterfly pollinator plot across the street), and the Katy Trail itself, the Peers Store (now listed on the National Register of Historic Places) continues to hold a special place in the history of the Missouri River valley and is truly a gem in the heart of the Missouri countryside. Weary travelers can find beverages and delicious snacks — something for everyone.
Located at 16011 Concord Hill Rd, Marthasville, MO 63357, Peers Store underwent a full refurbishing made possible by Connie and Dan Burkhardt. We are open with new art, a new music lineup with local musicians, and brand-new merchandise. Learn about the historic Peers Store below!
Start Your Journey On Our Country Store Corridor Here at the Peers Store
Our Country Store Corridor is a 3.5-mile stretch on the Katy Trail between Peers and Treloar,
providing a focal point for Magnificent Missouri’s conservation efforts.
Experience A Day at Peers Store
A Typical Weekend at Peers Store in Missouri River Valley
Check out the video above! This is the perfect example of what happens at Peer Store Days – local artist Billyo O’Donnell took this video of himself painting the live music scene over the weekend. Enjoy!
More to Explore in Missouri River Country: Our 4-Acre Peers Prairie
Our Peers Store Pollinator Garden, where butterflies and other wildlife will find a home in the coming years, is coming along beautifully! Pipecorn grows for corncob pipes in a field close by. Check out the artwork of Bryan Haynes on Treloar’s grain elevator (3 miles up the Katy Trail from Peers) and Billy O’Donnell’s banners on the historic coal tower farther down the Trail in McKittrick. Or visit nearby Washington, Missouri, where you can find Bryan Haynes’ new art gallery!
The Peers Store’s Proud History
“The Peers Store is a tribute to the craftsmanship that went into the building over 120 years ago, the need to respect our floodplains, the history and beauty of the river valley, and the persistence and hard work of the Glosemeyer family.”
– Dan Burkhardt
Constructed in 1896, the Peers Store had been closed since 2012 until Dan Burkhardt re-opened its doors on June 25, 2015. Making its first public appearance as an art gallery, the Peers Store now highlights local musicians and celebrates the beauty of the Missouri River area.
The Peers Store, formerly known as Glosemeyer General Store, on Concord Hill Road in southern Warren County, opened for business in 1896 to serve the needs of the growing communities along the new KATY Railroad. The store brought a new supply of goods to those living along the Missouri River. The store was operated for almost 60 years by Linus and Loretta Glosemeyer, until closing its doors in 2012.
Dan and Connie Burkhardt, the founders of the Katy Land Trust, purchased the store in 2014 in order to save it from demolition, preserve a special piece of history in the Missouri River valley, and to use it as a place to welcome both residents and Katy Trail users. The historic Peers Store re-opened in the summer of 2015.
We operate the store on a not-for-profit basis to support the work of Magnificent Missouri.
National Register Of Historic Places
The Peers Store is now on the National Register of Historic Places!
In joint effort between the Missouri Humanities Council, the Burkhardts, and the Glosemeyer family, the store was nominated to receive National Register designation in 2017 and is now officially on the National Register of Historic Places!
This means the Peers Store is now on the federal government’s list of properties considered worthy of preservation and recognition. The Peers Store was added this past year due to its significance in the commercial and social history of Warren County. Its place on the National Register memorializes the building as a physical symbol of rural Missouri life during the 19th and 20th century.
Peers Store Featured in Print, Online, and MORE
For more Peers Store videos, check out our playlist on our YouTube Channel!
Learn more about the Peers Store here. Watch and read on!
- For more info, see our Peers Store brochure: 2017 Peers Store.
- Check out this excerpt from the Missouri Humanities Council’s 2017 Spring issue (pictured below).
Peers Store Porch Talk – Read On:
Penned by Staff Writer Cindy Gladden, this featured Warren County Record story touches on the razing of Treloar Bar and Grill and some exciting new plans to make the most of this property across from the Katy Trail. This piece also tackles bits of its memorable and...
Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri by Dan and Connie Burkhardt explores our state’s rich cultural heritage through the eyes of nine generations of children growing up in river towns from Hermann to the Confluence. Join us on a virtual...
We are pleased to announce that Magnificent Missouri has named a new director who not only has a great love of the land in the Missouri River valley and along the Katy Trail but who also owns several remarkable farm properties in the area. Marschel Wrecking, the...