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About Overlook Farm

High upon the rolling hills that hem the Mississippi lie the peaceful gardens of Overlook Farm.Today, it supplies discerning guests with a quiet respite from the clamor of modern-day life.

 

Overlook Farm is home to Cedarcrest Manor – the oldest inn in the state of Missouri – and Rackheath House – an 1860’s estate that has been lovingly restored in the style of a Greek revival manor. In addition to the inns, Overlook Farm also houses a flourishing sustainable farmstead, and a number of venues for private parties and special events.

The land on which the farm rests spans 327 acres and is owned by Proprietor, Nathalie Pettus. The land once boasted a number of agrarian attractions – including a thriving apple orchard, burgeoning gardens and extraordinarily scenic views. Nathalie has lovingly coaxed the land back to its original historic state, and today its luxurious inns, stunning countryside, and bountiful gardens serve as a reminder of the heritage of the region, and a tribute to times past.


 

The Farm

From its start as a land grant in the late 1700s, to a prosperous apple orchard in the 1930s-40s, Overlook Farm today is emerging as a model in sustainable food production and innovative farming techniques. Under the nurturing guidance of fifth generation owner, Nathalie Pettus, Overlook Farm now includes award-winning inns and premier event venues, all nestled into the pastures and hillsides of an operating farm. Everyone who works at the farm is committed to ensuring that the land and its inhabitants are cared for naturally and humanely. The motivation behind all decisions, is a desire to leave this small piece of earth a better place. Additionally, the team at Overlook Farm goes to great lengths to source, grow, and raise food that does not harm people or the environment. Pettus has invested heart and soul into making any farm stay, whether for a day or a lifetime, a rejuvenating and happy experience. 


 

The Orchards and Fruits

When Overlook Farm first began, it housed a sprawling orchard filled with apple trees. Often sold straight from the cart, and sometimes stenciled for special occasions, the apples that grew here were so crisp and delicious that they were once given as a present to Missouri native President Harry S Truman at the White House. The nooks and hidden hillsides of Overlook Farm are occupied by burgeoning berry patches, where the proprietor, Nathalie Pettus, grows plump black raspberries, blueberries, and red rhubarb using sustainable practices. We also grow peaches, cantaloupe, plums, cherries, strawberries, pears, and blackberries.  Many of these fruits are used to create seasonal syrups and jams.