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Lay Center for Education and the Arts

Saint Louis University's Lay Center for Education and the Arts is a 350-acre property located in historic Louisiana, Missouri. This Mississippi River town, founded in 1808 by settlers, is known for its rolling landscapes, gracious historic homes, and the state's most intact Victorian streetscape.

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James McElwee, a Revolutionary War hero, and his wife, Rhoda Black, first settled this farm property in 1832. McElwee and his 12 grandchildren are buried on the property in the McElwee-Stewart-Carr Cemetery.

Henry Anthony Lay (1941-2000), an alumnus of Saint Louis University School of Law, purchased the property in May 1996. Lay's generous support of the University through donations and scholarships has enabled hundreds of young people to further their quest for knowledge and improve themselves through education. The Lay Center for Education and the Arts is the culmination of Henry Lay's dream of establishing a place where literature and art are combined with the beauty of nature to stimulate learning and imagination.

Getting to the Lay Center

To get to the Lay Center take I-64 or I-70 west from St. Louis to Wentzville. At Wentzville, take Highway 61 north.

At about three miles north of Bowling Green, exit onto Highway UU east for five and a half miles. The Lay Center will be on the right.

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