Waynesville, the county seat of Pulaski County, is nestled along historic Route 66.
Waynesville honors “Mad” Anthony Wayne, a Revolutionary hero best known for his defeat of the British and control of the Northwest Territory. Its historic downtown square sits near the banks of the Roubidoux Creek. The square is rich with the city’s history, which includes the restored Old Stagecoach Stop, which dates back to the 1800’s. The Old Stagecoach Stop also operated as a hotel, Civil War hospital, and dentist office. Also home to the square is the 1903 Route 66 Pulaski County Courthouse Museum, featuring the original courtroom and various displays throughout the season. Learn more about Waynesville’s rich history by strolling the downtown area. You may download the Historic Waynesville Walking Tour or enhance the experience by accessing our online tour.
There’s fun for all ages in Waynesville whether you like to fish for Brown or Rainbow Trout, scuba dive in the internationally known Roubidoux Spring Cave, or explore Civil War history.. along the Trail of Tears Memorial and Interpretive Walking Trail through Laughlin Park which was built in partnership with the National Park Service. The city’s parks offer picnic facilities, barbecue grills, new covered pavilions, splash park, a fishing area with handicap accessible dock, sports fields and Little Hero’s (accessible for all) playground.
The park and square are home to numerous festivals including Route 66 festivals, Old Settler’s Day and Civil War Reenactment, Froghill Half Marathon, Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind, car shows and music festivals. During the Christmas holiday Waynesville hosts Christmas on the Square and during this event the lights are turned on, highlighting the largest manager scene in Missouri. This is a sight to behold from high atop Bell’s Bluff and can be seen as far away as Interstate 44 along the Roubidoux Bridge area.
Growth can be seen throughout Waynesville, from upscale new subdivisions, Townfield Plaza and the area’s tourist district located on the Square. The city is also partnered with the City of Saint Robert in a joint-use airport agreement with Fort Leonard Wood offering convenient air travel into Waynesville-Saint Robert Regional Airport (Airport Code: TBN).