The house that I am the "custodian" of on our farm with my brothers is the Griffith-McCune house that dates to the 1850's. The house was originally a modest frame home that received a nice, brick facade on the front shortly after the frame section was built. The home is built with bricks hand forged near the property. This home is a labor of love and is always a little in disrepair. It seems like paint just starts pealing the moment you put it on and something is always rotting. On Easter evening this year, the house was hit by a horrible hail storm. Golf ball-sized hail blasted the house from the West. Every window on the Western side of the house was blown out. It took until August to get the windows replaced and now the house looks great! We also have a new roof, guttering and paint! The hail storm was a little insurance blessing, though it was a depressing Spring and Summer seeing the house is a sad state. More pics on this house later.
Here are some pictures of the back frame section.
This is the smoke house that sits near the home.
Our family has owned Rockford Farms since the 1950's. The name Rockford comes from the Ramsay Creek that runs along our property. The creek has a slab rock bottom and a "ford" is a place that you cross the creek…viola! Rockford. There is a school house from the 1850's on our property that my father's sister transformed into a house back in the 1950s. This was called the Rockford School. This was formally called Griffith School where the children of James Griffith were taught.
Pike County Living is sort of a spin-off of my blog: www.stlouisstyleblog.com. Over the years I have featured Pike County homes, farms, restaurants and more on this blog. The other day I thought to myself Pike County deserves it's own blog! I will still talk about Pike County on St. Louis Style, though even more about this lovely area will be featured here.
Check out this LINK for some of the archives about Pike County on St. Louis Style. Make sure you use the arrows on the very bottom to see all of the posts..there are tons!.
Below is a lovely home in Louisiana, MO.
Our family has owned farms in the Pike County area for several decades. Before WWII my grandfather owned Aberdeen which is at the corner of D and WW. This lovely property was originally one of the Meriwether plantations. The primary crop was tobacco in the 1800's. My grandfather sold the property to Gov. Lloyd Stark. Governor Stark was the one who put the pillared colonnade on the front of the house. The other day I came across some old pictures of Aberdeen and will share them with you in the future.
Update: This blog is going to force me to do more research on Pike County. I just stumbled across this information:
||A post office in Prairieville Township, established in 1891 and discontinued in 1904. H.V.P. Block, formerly from Virginia, owned a farm here consisting of about 13,000 acres. He was of Scotch descent and named the farm Aberdeen. The post office which was established at a toll gate on this land took its name from the farm. (Mrs. T.N. Bragg; J.D. Hostetter)
||Leech, Esther. "Place Names Of Six East Central Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1933.
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