Fulton, Missouri has been on the map for nearly 200 years, but it took a speech by Sir Winston Churchill in 1946 to make people sit up and take notice. Following World War II, President Harry Truman invited Churchill to deliver a major speech on world affairs at Westminster College; and did he ever with “The Sinews of Peace,” better known today as “The Iron Curtain Speech,” which sealed that expression in our minds and vocabulary to this day. To commemorate that event and Churchill’s influence in history, the college reconstructed the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury on campus. Originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren in his effort to rebuild London after the Great Fire, the 1677-era church was destroyed anew by German bombs in the London Blitz. It was rebuilt in Fulton stone-by-stone and re-dedicated in 1969. The undercroft serves as the National Churchill Museum, an unusually detailed collection of artifacts and information.
Morels and Microbrews
The fifth annual Morels and Microbrew Festival will be held downtown on Court Street, in Fulton’s “Brick District” on Saturday, April 29, noon-5 p.m. The festival is free but $20 will get you a ticket to sample from at least a dozen varieties of micro-brewed beers. Morel mushrooms, cooked and uncooked, will be for sale and live music will enliven the scene.
The Churchill Singers
Enjoy a choir concert by Westminster College’s Churchill Singers at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 28, at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, 7th Street and Westminster Ave.
Where to Stay
Country Hearth Inn & Suites
Clean rooms and a super friendly staff are hallmarks of this hidden gem. Indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center. Rooms from $55/night. 556 Amerihost Dr. (U.S. 54 at Hwy. F) 573-642-0077
This three-story Victorian is located a block away from the Churchill Memorial and is noted for the owners’ attention to details and to guests’ comfort. Large rooms, outdoor hot tub and a full breakfast are reasons to return. (Margaret Thatcher slept here!) Rooms from $149/night.
310 W. 7th St.
Where to Dine
1851 Underground Tap and Grill
Upscale pub cuisine is served in one of the oldest commercial spaces in town. At night it’s a college-town bar, by day a very good casual restaurant. Even the vegetarian dishes are recommended (the black bean burger). 111 E. 5th St., 573-642-6196
This locally owned mainstay on Court Street offers daily specials and locally sourced entrees and an admirable selection of beers of all stripes. A fun atmosphere and plenty of room to move around. 511 Court St., 573-592-7117