Celebrate Wildwood is the City of Wildwood’s annual celebration, held in commemoration of its anniversary of incorporation. This year the event (postponed from October 2020) marks the City’s 25th anniversary and will be held April 23-24, 2021. This is a large-scale public event with a parade, kids’ activities, local authors, live music, food and drinks, local organizations booths and demonstrations, Civil War reenactors, a Scouting area, and an art festival. The event is all about the community!
One of this year’s highlights is the City’s Historic Preservation Commission booth where current residents can learn about the area’s past and their heritage. The Commission has been working with a local author to compile a book on the history of Wildwood from pre-history through 2020. This year, the final chapter will be added and the book will be debuted at the festival
Allen Cemetery is a nearly 200-year-old cemetery located between Franklin and St. Louis County. The cemetery contains dozens of Civil War and WW1 burials, interments of pioneering families of Missouri, and even MLB player Bob Klinger and his family. An organized clean-up and preservation day was held on April 27, 2019. Multiple local organizations joined together to help clean up this treasured landmark. It is relevant to Missouri 2021’s mission because, through this restoration effort, we helped to keep a physical tie to this critical crossroad of Missouri. In 1826, many pioneering families traveling between St. Louis and Franklin County did not reach their final destination. Several of those pioneering families later had descendants that remained in this area who then served our country in the wars that followed, such as the Allens, Shoults, Wenglers, Brockmeiers, Whitworths and many more.