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Kansas City, MO
United States of America

Welcome to the Heart of America Chapter of VCOA.  We are a group of Volvo enthusiasts that reside in the heartland of America.

2017 Mid-Missouri Meet-Up - Tour Historic Missouri State Penitentiary

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2017 Mid-Missouri Meet-Up - Tour Historic Missouri State Penitentiary

  • Missouri State Penitentiary 115 Lafayette Street Jefferson City, MO, 65101 United States (map)

By popular demand, the Missouri Chapters of the Volvo Club of America are doing a repeat of the 2014 Mid-Missouri Meet-Up with a tour of the historic Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, complete with a luncheon following at the Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant.  As the tour has a size limit, it is recommended that you go on line and purchase your tickets as soon as possible.

We are asking that you please R.S.V.P. to me within the next couple of days if you plan to attend and how many will be in your party.

The Heart of America Chapter will have a “Convoy” to Jefferson City leaving at 8:00 am on Saturday, September 9th from the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant at the intersection of US 50 and Todd George Road on the southeast side of Lee’s Summit.  The estimated distance is 130 miles and the travel time is aprox. 2 ½ hours (which will give us time for one fuel stop enroute for the drivers of cars with ultra small gas tanks)

You can easily find the McDonald’s by following I-435 > I-470 > US 50 East from Kansas or the south side of Kansas City.   From the North you can either come down MO

291 to the intersection of US 50 eastbound, or come down US 71 (or I-435) to the junction with I-470 eastbound.

This is a great “Road Trip” opportunity and a chance to see a part of Missouri’s history that most people would not get the chance to step inside of their own free will.   The prison dates back to 1836 and is 100 years older than Alcatraz.   It was finally closed in 2004 but remains an imposing structure – proving once and for all that “Stone Walls Do A Prison Make!”

Lunch will follow the tour at the Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant.  I encourage you to visit their internet web site at to view the features of the establishment and check their menu.

There are no firm plans for an organized return to the Kansas City area, thus you are on your own to spend additional time in Jefferson City or spend the afternoon exploring scenic Middle Missouri.

If you do not wish to join “The Convoy” for the trip over, please meet the group at the Penitentiary at 11:00 am at 115 Lafayette Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Again, I ask that you RSVP to me so I can coordinate with the Gateway Chapter for reservations at the Winery/Restaurant.

  • Saturday, September 9, 2017
  • Tour Starts at 11;00am
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Price: $14 per person + $1.00 processing fee
  • Age Requirements: Minimum age: 10 years old

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the Tour – The Souvenir Shop is open and available at that time for you to visit while waiting for the tour to start. This "original" Missouri State Penitentiary tour discusses the 168-year history of the Missouri State Penitentiary and covers both the prison's history itself and the history of penal eras in the United States. During this tour, guests are guided through Housing Unit 1 (Control Center) and A-Hall - the oldest building still standing on the Missouri State Penitentiary site (built in 1868), dungeon cells, The Upper Yard, Housing Unit 3 and the Gas Chamber. Guests hear the history of the Missouri State Penitentiary including information on infamous inmates, the Riot of 1954, escape attempts and much more.


Earlier Event: July 22
Volvo's at the Boulevard Drive In
Later Event: September 23
Overland Park Fall Festival