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About WashingtonSettled in 1839, Washington is the self-proclaimed “Corncob Pipe Capital of the World”; the nation's only corncob pipe factory is located here. Restored buildings along the riverfront and downtown house restaurants, specialty shops and bed and breakfast inns. James W. Rennick Riverfront Park, at Lafayette and Front streets, is a nice spot to relax and take in views of the Missouri River. Washington is also at the center of a wine-producing area, with some two dozen wineries within an hour's drive.

Fort Charrette Historic Village and Museum (charrette is French for “little cart”), 2 miles east off Old SR 100 at 966 Charrette Ln., is a re-creation of a late 17th-century trading post and village. Buildings are furnished with antiques, and there are flower and herb gardens on the grounds. There's also an expansive vista of the Missouri River from this elevated perspective. Guided 2-hour tours are given by appointment; phone (636) 239-4202.

Visitor Centers Washington Visitor Center 301 W. Main St. Washington, MO 63090. Phone:(636)239-7575 or (888)792-7466

Self-guiding ToursA brochure for the self-guiding walking tour of the historic area is available from the visitor center at 301 W. Front St.

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