In 1871, Joe Penny, a freedman from Kentucky, made his first land purchase in Saline County, later to be known as “Pennytown”. Additional acreage was purchased, and by 1879 Pennytown was the largest of Saline County’s historic black settlements.
The Star Grazer Tour of the Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church and surrounding grounds will give you a glimpse of what life was like for freedmen in the late 1800’s. Hear how early farmers used the moon and the sun and the Farmer’s Almanac to help with their farming chores and get a glimpse of what a freedman’s life was like just after the Civil War. The Star Grazer Tour will also show you just how beautiful Saline county is, with its rolling hillsides and big oak trees.
Located only 6 miles south of Marshall, MO, you can easily make this an eclipse weekend experience!
Saturday, August 19 1 – 4pm
Sunday, August 20 1 – 4pm
Directions: From Marshall, take US Highway 65 (south) for 6 miles; turn left on 165th road (east) for 1 mile; turn right on Kittyhawk Ave. (south) for ¾ mile. Pennytown is on the left!
Tours are provided by Friends of Pennytown
Free will donations are gladly accepted.
For more information contact:
Clarence Lawrence at 816.289.6423 or Ron Lawrence at 660.202.7810.