Historic Home Tour
Couple weeks ago, we hopped over the border into Missouri and landed in Lexington for their annual Historic Home Tour. We bought our tickets at the Tourism Bureau, and then set off to tour some of Lexington’s oldest historic homes. This is right up my alley as I love history and old homes. At first we took the tour bus that dropped visitors off at each home and then picked them up again. But there was a big crowd that dropped out of the bus and our home tours were very noisy and crowded. So we escaped from the bus and walked several blocks back to our truck. We spent the rest of the day finding the homes and touring them on our own without the crowds.
Lucky you – you don’t have to put up with the crowds at all.
Our first stop was a brick house built in the early 1850s.
When the owner purchased it a couple years ago, the lot was overgrown in trees, and the roof was leaky and rotten. He’s done a lot of work so far, but has a lot more to go.
The brick is kinda soft and crumbly
– not sure how the owner will be able to fix this.
After we finished touring this home, we escaped from the tour bus, and walked several blocks back to our truck. One the way, we passed the county courthouse.
In September 1861, the Battle of Lexington occurred here. It went on for several days and at one point during the battle somebody aimed a cannon at the courthouse and hit one of the pillars.
The cannonball is still lodged up there. (Look right above where it says “Battle of Lexington”)
The next house we toured was built between 1840 and 1845.
The home still contains the original wood floors, moldings, staircase, fireplaces and mantels. Sadly, pictures were not allowed at this house.
The next home on the tour was this federal style house, built in the 1850s.
It features the original staircase, woodwork, and chandeliers.
Finally, we toured the Christ Church Episcopal church, built in 1848.
(Sorry about the distortion- I shouldn’t have used my wide angle lens on this one)
It still has the original walnut pews, altar, and gothic truss-arches. During the Battle of Lexington in 1861, the church was damaged by cannon fire.
In 1870 a pipe organ arrived by steamboat and is still is use today.
The stained glass windows were installed in 1884.
My favorite window was one dedicated by the parents of a young child who died when just over a year old.
“TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF
JULIET PRESTON THOMAS
BORN MAY 19TH, 1871 – DIED JULY 7TH, 1872
IN HEAVEN THEIR ANGELS DO ALWAYS BEHOLD THE FACE OF MY FATHER”
A couple other homes that caught our eye but were not on the tour, were this brick home with shade trees, gardens, and an old wrought iron fence,
and this Victorian home with a 3 storeys high turret.
Wouldn’t you love to go up there and take in the view?
Lexington is a neat old town perched above the Missouri River with lots of history, antique stores, and cute shops.
Well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.
Note: Thanks for all your good wishes regarding Kitty and her recent illness. She’s back home, on meds now, and feeling much better. She’s been very very purr’y since she came home. She probably thinks she was being punished for something having to spend the day at the vet’s office, and is trying to get back in our good graces. Silly Kitty.