Thanks to all who made Pioneer Days a
great success in 2014!
Thank you for visiting Marquand, Missouri. We are creating this website so that you can visit our community online and see all of the opportunities Marquand has to offer for you, your family and your business. Please check back soon for more progress.
Who We Are
Marquand is located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, surrounded on three sides by the Mark Twain National Forest. Marquand was originally settled in 1804 by Capt. Henry Whitener and Michael Mouser, and was known as Whitener Settlement. The town was renamed in 1869 after Henry G. Marquand, a railroad administrator, donated $1,000 for the construction of a church. The town was incorporated in 1906. In 1924 a highway bridge was built over the Castor River.
1890: Asa Augusta Cook, was the first Marshall of Marquand. He and his wife Polly Ann first lived there after marriage. His uncle, Julius "Jude" Cook, was presiding judge of Madison County at Fredericktown (county seat) for 20 years. His wife, Lulu Cook, and their children ran a dairy farm for 30 years- selling milk, butter, and cream to the people of Fredericktown.
Two new bed and breakfasts now receiving guests!
Located at 116 North Harding, Aunt Kat's B & B is now open.
The Belmont Inn Bed & Breakfast at 107 East Morley - Proprietor: Dee Vitt
Sadly neglected, yet richly engrained into the history of this railroad boom town, The Belmont Inn takes its name from the service branch of the Missouri Pacific Railroad by the same identity. Built around 1890 of lumber milled within the community, the home has graced Marquand’s landscape for more than 100 years. Now, thanks to the insight of former Marquand resident, Dee (Mouser) Vitt, the home will hopefully remain an integral part of the community’s rich history for yet another century. Read more…
Upcoming events around town
Pianos Wars 2014 at Homan HallSaturday – July 26, 2014 - 7pm - Round Two
Saturday – August 23, 2014 - 7pm - Round Three
Live musical entertainment at its best! Doors open at 6pm, meal at 6:30pm, show at 7pm. Reservations required. Meal catered by Durso Hills Bistro and Winery.
Three Pianists each night! Pop/Rock, Country, Show Tunes, Classical, Inspirational/Religious.
Finale!!!! Friday – September 26, 2014 - 7pm - Piano Wars 2014 at Homan Hall
The top three finalists will compete for the winning title and cash prizes. $30/person, doors open at 6pm, meal at 6:30pm, show at 7pm. Reservations required. Meal catered by Durso Hills Bistro and Winery.
- July 26, 2014 Piano Wars – Round #2
- Aug. 23, 2014 Piano Wars – Round #3
- Sept. 26, 2014 Piano Wars – Finale!
- Oct. 18, 2014 Back Street Cruisers – ‘50’s Sock Hop!
- Nov. ?, 2014 MAC Jazz Band w/Deborah Sharn & Jeannie Treavor
- Dec. 6, 2014 Home Town Christmas
Zachary Elfrink Reigns Victorious at Round #1 of Piano Wars 2014 at Homan Hall Performing Arts Center in Marquand
Sixteen year old Zachary Elfrink of Leopold commanded the stage last Friday night at Homan Hall Performing Arts Center in Marquand, and although competition was tough as he played against seasoned pianist Rocky Tucker of St. Louis, Elfrink managed to win over the professional judges and the audience. The stage was equipped with both a Baby Grand and a Keyboard, competitors were required to use both instruments during the course of the evening as they played their own music selection from five pre-determined genres. This year’s genres are Pop/Rock, Country, Show Tunes, Classical and Inspirational/Religious. While neither Tucker or Elfrink have been Classically trained, both performed brilliantly in this category. Elfrink who plays predominantly by ear, was quick-witted and captivated his audience with a great stage presence, although he professed afterwards to emcee, Denny Ward, that he has little to no previous experience on stage. Tucker, on the other hand has performed across the nation, and played up to the audience with his humor and comfort level in front of a crowd. In the end, it was Elfrink’s personal arrangement of Amazing Grace, which he dedicated to the memory of his Grandmother, that commanded an almost perfect score, and cinched his victory.
Elfrink will advance on to the Finale, which will be held on September 26, 2014, where he will compete against the yet to be announced finalists from the next two rounds of competition for both the title, and a cash prize. Round two of Piano Wars will be held on July 26, and Round three on August 23. For more information or to make reservations for the upcoming competitions, visit www.marquandmo.org or call 573-783-5262 or 573-783-5438. Piano Wars is sponsored in part by MAC and MACAA.