Across the street from our farm in Pike County, Missouri is one of the original plantation farms of the area….Ashburton.  John Winn Davis bought a large tract of land from Walker Gilmer Meriwether who owned Aberdeen, a 1233 acre tobacco plantation. Mr. Davis build Ashburton in 1840.  It was a duplicate of his home in Hanover County, VA and also the Davis home in England….both houses were also called Ashburton.  He used slaves to accomplish this over a five year period. It is noted that he had 20 slaves. Mr. Davis fired bricks to build his house in his own kiln and even fired an additional 500,000 bricks to build nearby St. John's Episcopal Church in Eolia, Missouri….which is the oldest Episcopal Church west of the Mississippi. In the late 1800's they added a third story on the house.

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220 N Main, Louisianna, MO 63353 FOR SALE

"IN LOVE WITH YESTERYEAR? You can return to a quieter and gentler place when you enter this charming bungalow. This historic charmer has what you have been looking for, original hardwood floors, original hardware, beautifully carved front door, numerous tall windows that bring in abundant natural sunlight, 2 sets of original pocket doors and a clawfoot tub. Enjoy lounging on the large front porch and entertaining in the formal dining room. This is indeed a Diamond in the Rough'' just waiting for you to bring out the shine and sparkle. This home is located in a High & Dry'' area of Louisiana, Mo. but is only a short walk to the Mississippi River and shops and restaurants."  $79,900

Listed by Ellen Schroer, Meyer and Company Real Estate 6363-462-5555


303 N. 3rd Street, Louisiana, MO 63353 FOR SALE

"Historic beauty 175 years old, in move-in condition. Original woodwork and hardware. You will absorb the history of this home while enjoying modern amenities. Large living room with 3 large windows & hardwood floors, formal dining room with hardwood floors, kitchen with dishwasher, disposal, stove, solid surface counter tops, center island, full bath room off kitchen, original winding staircase, 2nd floor has master suite with large 16 X 15 sitting room, the home is all brick with a brick cellar with brick floors, balcony covered side porches with newer cypress railings, beautifully landscaped corner lot, double zoned heating and cooling, interior is painted with historically correct colors, close walk to downtown, or the Mississippi River. This is one of the original homes of Louisiana."  $198,500

Listed by Ellen Schroer, Meyer and Company Real Estate 636-462-5555





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702 Georgia St, Louisiana, MO 63353 FOR SALE

"FABULOUS 2 story brick home in Downtown Louisiana. This spacious home is zoned in commercial/residential area and offers beautiful features of a true historic home. There are origianl hardwood floors throughout the home, a newer roof and a unique wrap around porch. Use this home for personal living or it is ideal for a bed and breakfast. Sit out back and enjoy the beautiful garden in peace and quiet."  $84,900

Listed by Sarah Haines, Haines Properties, 573-754-6822





402 N. 3rd St, Louisiana, MO 63353 FOR SALE

This important home listed on the National Register of Historic places is ready for your finishing touches. Restoration already done includes: roof, tuck pointing, wiring, plumbing rough-in, restored windows, two HVAC units. Finishing costs for this fine home's interiors that meet requirements of the MO State Historic Preservation Office can qualify for 25% MO Preservation tax credit program. Architects drawings are available for exterior porches and other work required to complete the careful restoration that has already been started.  $155,000

Offer for sale by  James Talley, Talley Classic Properties, 573-769-4307





Historic Turner-Pharr House on the Market…Clarksville, MO Circa 1867

Historic Turner-Pharr House on the Market…Clarksville, MO Circa 1867

Now is your chance to not only buy a charming country retreat….though a project to keep your fidgeting hands busy.  Our farm is near Clarksville and we go into the town often.  It is small and charming with the Mississippi River in your front yard….sometimes literally.  I think this house is up high enough to avoid flooding, though I could be wrong.  Clarksville is a little over an hour north of St. Louis and is filled with charming shops. There is also the delightful Overbrook Farm restaurant complex close by….so when you are redoing your kitchen….you can treat yourself to their fine dining!  At a purchase price of $50,000….think of what you can do to make this a showplace!

Listed by Dan Pieper, Keller Williams Realty West, 636-485-5242




2010 Land Sales- Pike County, Missouri

I recently reviewed the land sales in 2010 that are part of the MLS database.  This excludes sales that were private.  The pickings were sort of slim.  Only four farms sold that were over $300,000.  These were tracks without houses on them. The average price per acre was $3,540.  Here is the rundown:

948 Leo Hardy Rd, Eolia 100 acres  Sale Price: $354,499

Pike 277, Bowling Green 144 acres  Sale Price: $325,515

123 Pritchett, Frankford  156 acres  Sale Price: $473,783

Pike 222, Eolia  83 acres  Sale Price: $444,857

Farm Junk Images

I wrote this post on my www.stlouisstyleblog a couple years ago:

"When you have a working farm, you just never end up throwing anything away. You stick it somewhere since you may need it someday. Well we have had our farm over 50 years and have assembled a rich collection of junk. Junk slowly becomes art and then you can't throw it away."

(Update: since taking these pic a couple years ago….we did finally clean out our barns.  They are not as interesting, though we have room now and good $ in the bank from selling scrap iron!)

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Interiors Pictures- Griffith-McCune Home

Today I am featuring some of the interior pictures of the historic Griffith- McCune home located on Rockford Farms. The back frame section of the house was gently renovated about 15 years ago.  The exterior is pretty much the same.  The interior was pretty bad.  At one point there was a fire in the back section and it was a storage room for decades. There was a central chimney that was crumbling and had to be taken down. An interesting note is that when the old chimney was being torn down, the workers found a intact prehistoric spearhead under the foundation. Check out this link to see a pic. Some of the local Mennonites crafted the cedar timbers to make the beams in the back section. Originally there was a flat ceiling. I thought it would be nice to open up the space.

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