Thursday

~Missouri Homes Old & New~

Wednesday afternoon, while we were out driving, we passed by this home. Would you like to guess the age of this house? The former tobacco plantation was donated to the St Charles County Parks Department, to be restored as a museum. It has been known as the Pink Plantation for several years. More about this home can be found at the above link.

The house, built in 1828, was destroyed by fire in 2004. The above photo shows the original site. This photo was taken, looking toward Hwy 61, in St Charles County, Missouri. At the time of the fire and for several years before, the home was painted pink. Through the efforts of the Saint Charles County Parks Department, the house was rebuilt. Passersby might believe this home has stood here, for over 200 years. Plans are to open the museum/park during 2008.
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The Shapley Ross House, built in early 19th Century, is located a few miles north of the first home. Information about the man who built this home, can be found at the link.
I spoke to the owners, last Fall, about photographing the interiors of this beautiful old stone house. I will also be able to obtain more history, at that time. I toured this wonderful historic home, several years ago.
The photo shows the hitching post, near the front door.


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Work on our back porch is progressing nicely. I plan to post about our efforts over the weekend, when warm spring temperatures are promised.

36 comments:

lindaharre said...

Pat....thanks for the stop-by! My son and daughter in law live right there by the park in Brookside! Arica took me by the house over Easter.....I'll bet it will spectacular! The bathroom color doesn't really show properly in the photo.....it is call Molasses and she has one of the display rooms done in this color in her new store!

Southern Heart said...

Pat, those are wonderful places. I loved the story of the Pink Plantation...I would have definitely been one of those passers-by!

I love the stone (?) exteriors on the homes in your area. Sometimes I also see that in Nashville, and it is such a pretty look.

Grand Life said...

The pictures are great. I love the few times I have traveled through the south. I love the old homesteads. Thanks so much for sharing.
Judy

KaReN EiLeeN said...

Pat...i forget how I found you. In the blog maze. I love your blog though. Quite a nice visit. I have never been to MO, but I sell a lot of my baby clothes there. I'm from Southern Calif. Maybe one day I will make it up there.

Warm Regards,
Karen Eileen

Sandi McBride said...

I love old houses and not just the "mansion" styles. I love the weather worn shotgun houses with the crooked chimney and the screeching screen doors...and always wonder what stories they could tell...thanks for the trip to the old houses in your area...they are lovely
Sandi

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Pat, I love seeing the wonderful architecture in other parts of the country!

I am really eager to see your porch! Do come and add your link to my Spring Fluffing post when you post your porch photos, I'm playing a little game on my blog for the weekend! :-)

Happy Spring,
Melissa

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Love to tour old homes and museums.

Looking forward to your updated "Back Porch" progress this weekend.

Blessings,

Sher

Suzanne said...

How beautiful...the Pink Plantation does look as if it has been sitting there for hundreds of years. They did a wonderful job reconstructing it.
Thanks for the links to the history of these homes, I loved reading about them.
Can't wait to see photos of your back porch!

Mary Isabella said...

I love this post....

justabeachkat said...

Great photos. Thanks for taking us along with you.

Hugs!
Kat

Sarah said...

Oh Wonderful. I can't wait to go read more about. Thanks for sharing.
Sarah
http://vintagelily.typepad.com/my_weblog/

ChrisB said...

This is so interesting. I love historical buildings and what a good job they have done rebuilding the first one. Just the sort of place I would enjoy visiting.

Beverly said...

What wonderful homes and stories. Homes are like living entities because of the lives they support.

I am always fascinated about the history and interesting facts tied to houses and their families. Oh, the stories they could tell.

I keep the old skeleton key to my grandmother's house in my office.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, Pat, I just love those old historic homes. Hope we never lose them, it would be a shame for all that history to ever be lost. They just don't build 'em like that anymore.

Have a fun weekend! Can't wait to see the new back porch.

Rhoda

Jen said...

I love old homes their history who lived there and what their lives were like. If they still have lives there...ghosts...I love old plantations...my heart is there for some reason.
Hey I wanted to ask is you could recommend something for me. Me and my girlfriends and spouses are going to Hermann Mo to tour the wine vineyards in May....can you tell me of a nice place for lunch? Or anything we cant miss? Thanks gal!

bj said...

How interesting...those look like wonderful places! Thanks for sharing.

I don't remember seeing GRLee on the talk shows...
My dad was in WW2 and in the hospital in San Antiono for awhile. Gypsy came to visit all the injured men and gave them all a picture of her. Dad, somehow, got her to auto. his and my brother now has it.
I loved the movie so much and I've tried and tried to decide if I loved her or N. Wood the most!! ha
Pls do join the fun of the rooster parade......
hugs, bj

Deb said...

What wonderful historic homes and interesting stories that go with them.
Have a wonderful weekend Pat.

Brenda Kula said...

Love the historical significance of homes. Yesterday it was beautiful outside here, so I went out to my gazebo in my courtyard and cleaned everything. Today it's raining buckets and everything's messed up again. Oh well. Timing in spring really fluctuates, doesn't it! Have fun on the porch.
Brenda

Anonymous said...

DEAR BACK PORCH. I JUST STARTED LOOKING AT YOUR BLOG. WAS RECONMENDED BY A FRIEND. IN LOOKING AT PAST POST, I FOUND A PICTURE OF MY OLD HOUSE THAT YOU TOOK WHILE VISITING CLARKSVILLE,MO. THE ELGIN/COTTRELL HOUSE. IT WAS A WHITE WASHED WEATHERED BRICK ON THE BANK OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. HAD STORKS ON THE ROOF. IF YOU EVER GET BACK TO CLARKSVILLE ON A SUNDAY OR MONDAY I WOULD LOVE TO GIVE YOU A TOUR. IT IS THE OLDEST HOUSE IN TOWN AND WAS BUILT BY ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF CLARKSVILLE. I AM THE 4 TH OWNER. AND HAVE SPENT THE PAST 2 YEARS RESTORING IT. THE INSIDE IS MUCH MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE OUT. IT WAS JUST PHOTOGRAPED FOR ROMANTIC HOME MAGAZINE AND OLD HOUSE INTERIORS. I HAVE IT OPEN FOR TOURS NOW AND THEN. WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO SEE IT. THANKS FOR NOTICING IT AND THE MENTION IN YOUR BLOG. BETTY TOWN AT THE PINK PLANTATION WAS A DEAR FRIEND OF MINE. I HAVE LOTS OF PINK THINGS FROM HER STORE. FONDLY, RICHARD COTTRELL

Cote de Texas said...

Fascinating!!! In Houston, we tend to tear down all our old houses. grrrrr. terrible!

Have a GREAT weekend - the porch looks wonderful!

Joni

Pat said...

I love exploring old homes and plantations, Pat. Thanks for those links as I will read more about them.

It's nice that the Pink Plantation was rebuilt to tell the history of the area.

Glad you enjoyed my recent lower New York points of interest blogs!

Pat

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

The Pink House.....I love that name. Have a great weekend Pat. ~ Lynn

Mrs. B said...

Love those old homes, and the ones that just look old. Thanks for sharing with us.

And thanks for commenting on my "front room" post. Your home is so beautiful and I value your opinion. Also, I went back and checked and found out that the rug I thought was sisal is actually seagrass.

Cottage Contessa said...

Wow, thank you Pat, that was awesome! The beautiful history that you have in your country is just fascinating to me! Have a lovely weekend sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Maureen said...

Great house...great post! I love the name Pink- reminds me of Pink House in Savannah! One day I will have a house named Pink!

The Decorated House said...

Ah, it was the perfect way to spend some quiet time by coming to see you. Warmed my heart with the flowers and sweet pictures of Noah and Xanti (big hugs to that girl for her donations to Locks for Love! what a great kid!) and ....of course I laughed so hard over you grabbing your camera to take pictures of the black sky when you are supposed to be safe in a bathroom doorway or something! LOL

I check back to see how our buddy J is doing. I've missed any updates. He is in my prayers.
Donna

Jen said...

We are going that weekend actually. We had picked out 3 wineries to tour..Stone Hill was included...we should arrive there at 11:30 in the morning. I saw where there were tours....that might be fun. I may call and see how much tickets are for it. We are really looking forward to our trip.....thanks for the input and and if you can think of anything else please dont hesitate to email me.

Lallee said...

Pat, I enjoyed catching up on your blog. J will most certainly be in my prayers for successful treatment and a quick recovery. I know he will have one cute 'nurse' at his side all the time seeing that he gets the best of care.

All your spring sprucing looks bright and cheerful. I needed that inspiration!

Hugs,
Lallee

Andi said...

I love old homes and new homes that look like old homes! How wonderful that a replica home was built after the original was destroyed.

Looking forward to seeing your porch pictures.

Deb said...

Hi Pat, thanks for stopping by. As you may already know I get excited when I recieve a comment, being new as this. I've just finished browsing your blog and I think it's lovely. I can't wait until I get better with mine. I love what you did with the shevles in your dining room, and everytime I see that wonderful picture of the farmer and his wife, I think of Corn Flakes. (LOL) I was touched by Elijah's story, and I think little Noah is beautiful. Last but not least, I love the fact that you and J are...still dancing. Take care, I will be stopping by soon. Deb (Debscountrykisses.blogspot.com)

smilnsigh said...

I love the name of 'Pink Plantation.' :-)

And how wonderful that you'll be able to photograph the interior of the Shapley Ross House!

And I hope you are enjoying warm temps this weekend. Ours should be up into the 60's by mid week. With luck, this will bring about some popping of buds. It's about time. :-)

Mari-Nanci

Brenda said...

I love old homes. Thanks for sharing.

Amber said...

Wow...they did a wonderful job rebuilding Pink Plantation! I hope you can get inside for photos sometime! Can't wait to see photos of your home projects, too!

Roxie said...

Those are some truly amazing homes. I love passing by these kinds of houses from time to time. I sit and wonder who, what where, when, and why.
I've enjoyed browsing around your blog today, thank you.
Roxie

Rue said...

I just love those old home, but you knew that ;)

rue

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

You know, Pat, I SWEAR I've seen that house before! I probably passed by it on one of our off-campus excursions back in the day! =)