Family Reunion in Augusta
June 3-5, 2016

Our biennial cousins reunion took place this year in Augusta, Missouri. Augusta is wine country and is just thirty miles west of St. Louis. Downtown Augusta consists of several quaint bed and breakfasts, an art gallery, an antique shop, a gift shop, and a conference center with a restaurant. See: for an overview of the area.


A Victorian B&B.


The gallery—representing the most famous artists of the region


A few photos of Oak's Crossing, a conference center that hosts company retreats, weddings, reunions, and other special events. This photo shows Kate's Coffee, where we had breakfast Sunday morning.


Randal Oaks and his wife bought the property and renovated it. Randal did much of the design and work himself. Here he is showing us the "before" photos of the special events building that was once a falling-apart barn with dirt floors. He upcycles old building parts and gives them new life.


This is the steamboat room. The gingerbread is an example of architectural parts Randal salvaged and re-used.


Randal built this car and the carriage house where it is on display.



A peaceful patio at Oaks Crossing

We stayed just outside of Augusta at a conference center called The Reserve It's a huge place where you can rent the whole thing, or just one of the buildings. The twelve of us stayed in a spacious five bedroom/five bath house there, with a big kitchen, and two living rooms. It was clean and comfortable, and served as party central for our reunion. It was a short walk into Augusta.

Daniel Boone House


This is the Daniel Boone house. The young fella in the blue t-shirt was taking the tour with his parents and grandparents. He studied Daniel Boone in school and wrote a report on him, so he was the star. When our relatives asked his relatives to use our cameras to snap a photo of us, the boy asked if he could be photographed with our group! He was a genuine cutie pie. We all thought he was the greatest!

Here are a few more things to see on the Boone property. Website: