Sunday, October 14, 2012

Clarksville Applefest and House Tour

This weekend my friends and I took a trip to Clarksville, Missouri for their annual Applefest. It was a perfect Fall weekend for a scenic drive, the trees were just radiant!
Clarksville is a quaint little town right along the Mississippi River, population 443. To see and learn more about this wonderful little town please visit their website here.

You all know how I love old historic homes. So here are a few that caught my eye.
This one caught my eye because of the great porch and pretty Fall decorations.

I like the color combination on this house.

The size of this one.

Loved the windows and the porch on this one. It kind of sits up on a hill too.

This one caught my eye because of the porch, the turret with its second story walk out balcony, the picket fence and the arbor.

This one is not historic, but it caught my eye because it's PURPLE! And look at the purple trees!

And this one caught my eye because it had a sign in the yard that said "HOUSE TOUR TODAY"!

AND because a very special person lives in this house! Many of you already know him but let me introduce you to the King of Victoriana...Richard Cottrell!!

This photo of us is taken inside his wonderful Antique Mall. Lots of pretty antiques in there. But let me tell you, if you want to see some drop dead gorgeous antiques then follow me because we are going to go inside of Richard's beautifully decorated historic home.

(My friend's daughter is the lovely young lady posing in front of Richard's home)

And THIS is the inside...


Those are just a few photos of his beautiful home. If you are interested in seeing more please visit his blog at
We had a wonderful visit to Clarksville's Applefest, but amidst the excitement of the Antique shops and Richard's house we totally forgot to visit the Apple Shed to get some apple treats! Can you believe that?!
Oh well...maybe next time. 
Thank you so much for your visit and have a great week!


  1. Wonderful photos! It was nice to see all the homes in Clarksville! Richard's home is gorgeous!

  2. More More More, I could look at this all day! Great shot of the two of you there.
    I like the purple house, someone who likes to stand out cause your not gonna miss that one-I think it's neat, also purple is one of my favorite colors. The blue, red, and off white frame home is one I like the best also for the color. I can see where it probably used to be sitting just on the pillars and was bricked up between them.
    Neat post and look forward to more.

  3. Adoro tutte quest belle decorazioni che ci fanno sentire l'autunno!Baci,Rosetta

  4. I was wondering if you were going to run into Richard!
    Beautiful pictures of the beautiful homes. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love Richard's stuff! In fact, I bought one of his tureens. Lucky you to see the house....Christine

  6. Hi Gina, lucky you, hanging out with Richard Cottrell. Those are some beautiful homes and Richard's is indeed charming and gorgeous.
    That chandy is wow! Sorry you missed your apple treats. Thanks for taking us along.


  7. Oh Gina

    I had plans to go to Clarksville and had plans to have diner with Richard and some friends however my body had other plans, 4 bulging disk out in my back need I say more 4 days in hospital and lots of PAIN

    I hope to get over before the snow flys and see Richard and his house again

    His house is a victorian Wanna Be dream LOL

    You look so young and I look so , well aged LOL or is mature a better word?

  8. It was fun seeing you Saturday! We had fun, and loved seeing Richard's house too. Anybody who reads this blog should see this house in person!
    K n K

  9. Gina,
    I can't beleive that I missed this post!! And when I started to read it, I am thinking to myself "Isn't this where Richard lives?" and Lo and Behold!! There is a pic of you with Richard and you both look wonderful!!

    I am green with envy right now that you got the opportunity to meet Richard and tour his beautiful home!! I am thrilled for you!!

    I am hoping to go to a Christmas Tea at the Stegmaier Mansion here in Wilkes Barre. I have not been there for some time because of my GI issues but I am hoping to make it to this Tea.I am sure you saw my pictures of the Stegmaier???? Another beautiful Victorian mansion!!


  10. Oh Gina you look beautiful! And of course Richard is ever the dapper southern gentleman *winks* His house is TDF!! The BEST reason to go to Clarksville IMHO. I totally get why you forgot the apples...I would have too....Too much eye candy between Richards shop and house! *winks* Vanna

  11. Thank you for sharing this with us! The home is gorgeous, and the chandelier is to die for.

  12. I just read a story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating Mothers & Daughters (page 254 "Bootsie") that mentions a purple house in Clarksville, Missouri. I wonder if this is the same house.

  13. That Bootsie, is the one and same that still lives there. She and Daddy Duke lived there when I was a child living catty corner from them. Awesome people!!! I lived in the blue victorian house with the turret pictured above. I loved that house. It has the most beautiful ornate oak staircase, ornate stained glass windows and huge pocket doors. I have very fond memories of that house and all the people growing up in Clarksville.

    Lori Beauchamp Turner