The ceremony will take place at the Trail of Tears State Park
followed by reception taking place at the 4-H Exhibit Hall at Arena Park.
Maid of Honor & Best Man
Amanda Stolzman & Dustin Koch
Ashlei Meyrose, Kala Allen, Michela Smith
Joey Busciglio, Anthony Baliva, Tyler Goodale
The park preserves the native woodlands much as they appeared to the Cherokee. Mature forests cover much of the park, which is characterized by sharp ridges and steep ravines. Located directly on the Mississippi River, visitors can view the plentiful wildlife, including white-tailed deer, turkeys, hawks and foxes. The large trees on the bluffs and cliffs along the river are noted as winter roosting sites for bald eagles.
Trail of Tears State Park is a certified site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Gain a better understanding of one of the saddest chapters in American history, where nine of the 13 Cherokee Indian groups being relocated to Oklahoma crossed the Mississippi River during harsh winter conditions in 1838 and 1839. Most of the Cherokee detachments made their way through Cape Girardeau County. While there, the Indians endured brutal conditions and had to set up camps on both sides of the river. It is estimated that over 4,000 Cherokees lost their lives on the march, nearly one fifth of the population.
The park’s visitor center tells the tale of the thousands who died on the forced march, as well as the park’s many natural features. It is located down Moccasin Springs Road just past the park's main entrance. The center offers exhibits on both the Cherokee’s forced removal and information on the natural history within the park. Staff is available to answer questions and provide information on aspects of the cultural and natural history of the park as well as offer advice and information for hiking, fishing, camping and boating. The park also has a cheerier side: shaded picnic sites, hiking and horse trails, opportunities to fish in both the Mississippi River and Lake Boutin, and majestic views of the Mississippi River and beyond. Its location right on the river makes the park one of the best places in Missouri for viewing migratory waterfowl.