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The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, voluntary association of cities, villages and county governments dedicated to improving the quality of life for area residents.

Featured Member of the Month: Twin Oaks

Twin Oaks, arguably one of St. Louis County’s best kept secrets, is a small Village of approximately 392 residents. Its .27 square miles of streets are nestled between Manchester to its northeast, Valley Park to its south and unincorporated St. Louis County to its west, at the intersection of Big Bend Road and Highway 141.
Why is the area called Twin Oaks? Well supposedly, there were 2 oak trees near the intersection of Crescent Road and Crescent Avenue at the southwest end of the Village, which stood prominently, hence the name “Twin Oaks”.
In 1925 James Stoker had a vegetable farm with a great deal of acreage. Stoker and others at the time, who also owned a lot of acreage, did not want any further increases in taxes. Valley Park, however, was interested in taking in the area which would inevitably increase taxes. In order to avoid this, James Stoker and his neighbors created the "Village of Twin Oaks" in 1938. In order to pay for street improvements, the residents would hold fish fries to collect money and then do the work themselves. James Stokers daughter, Alma Niere was born at a home on Crescent Avenue and still resides with her husband, Raymond, in The Village of Twin Oaks today.
In the early 1990’s, Twin Oaks acquired about 9 acres off Ann Avenue adjacent to Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church to create a “pedestrian park”. In 1994, the park opened with amenities including a pavilion, gazebo, playground, restrooms, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, lake and walking path. The Village sponsors a variety of annual events to include movie nights, family fun days, Easter egg hunts, dances and a fireworks display.
Twin Oaks is a great place to live, work and raise a family with its combination of a small-town feel, suburban amenities and high level of services.
Come visit Twin Oaks,
Chairman Russ Fortune

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