Monday, September 15, 2014

Historic Homes Tour in Louisiana, Mo.

Hello everyone and happy almost Fall. It has been beautiful weather here. Let the Home Tours and Festivals begin!.
This weekend my mom and I went on a Homes Tour in historic Louisiana, Missouri. It is located in northeast Missouri, on the Mississippi River south of Hannibal. Below is a mural of just a very few of the wonderful Victorian homes that grace this quaint little town.

We went in to 6 homes and yes you could take pictures but unfortunately I was not inspired to do so because the interiors were not period furnishings like I love. So I will show you pictures of the outside of the houses but I have to admit I got a little carried away and took so many pictures of houses not on the tour that I may not remember which one's we did tour. I know, silly me.
The first place we went was this cute little church, we were told the church was founded in 1856 original location just a few blocks away and was moved to its current site in 1879 by rolling it on logs!

Here is an inside shot...

and another. 

And oooh, just look at this house! 

Such potential, and it's even for sale! Needless to say, it was not on the tour. 

And neither was this one, but I loved it, check out the turreted open porch

and all the details in the gable and above the window. Just needs a little TLC.

Okay, now here is one we did go into. It dates back to shortly after the Civil War. 

Love the bay window in the photo below and if you look closely you'll see my mom walking up to the front door probably wishing I would hurry up and join her. :-)

The home had the two front porches, one on both sides of the bay window. The below porch is the one from the above photo with my mom.

An inside view of the bay window, a little dark though, sorry.

They did not have antique furnishings so I didn't take any more pictures of the inside, but I did take the below picture as we were leaving. I liked the look of the green fern in contrast to the beautiful white columns and look at the painted blue porch ceiling.

Here's a shot of the same house from across the street.

Below is a shot of two side by side houses with great little 2nd story porches...

Just love all those galley rails and the cute white picket fence!
These two homes were not on the tour either.

Nor was this one.

BUT, this one was!!!! And let me tell you, it was LOVE at first sight!

It is Eastlake style and I believe was built in the 1870's. It was the home of Governor Stark and is referred to as one of the grand "Dames" of Victorian homes in Louisiana. You may have heard or seen a Stark Nursery Order catalog. They sell fruit trees and bushes. Well this is the family who founded that business all those years ago and the business is still up and running. And Governor Stark was very nearly the President of the United States. (Be sure to notice the OTHER Stark mansion at the bottom of this post!)

Well, what are you waiting for? Let's go in!

Meet our tour guide. Just kidding, I guess they are getting ready for Halloween?

The home boasts several of its original transoms and stain glass windows.

Here is an outside shot of that same window but on the other side of the house. Just look at all the detail on the house. Just gorgeous!

On the way down the street to the last house tour we spied this beauty! 

And this one.

This is the last house we toured. It was built in 1875 and had 10 ft. ceilings and a pretty walnut staircase. Sorry no interior photos.

We had to make an out of the way trip to see the below gorgeous Civil War Era Plantation home and it and its 86 acres are for sale at the hefty price of $1,200,000.
It is another Stark mansion from the same family as that Eastlake home I showed you earlier in this post.

Below is what the realtor's website said about the home.
This is a rare opportunity to purchase one of the most fabulous Civil War era plantation homes in Missouri’s Little Dixie. The Stark Mansion was built in 1869 by the Stark family who introduced many of today’s popular apples like- Golden Delicious. The family also made a fortune in the lumber business. Situated on 86 acres in the rolling hills of Pike County. The mansion has been completely restored and renovated with a meticulous eye for detail. New hardwood floors throughout. Seven gas fireplaces. 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Gorgeous front staircase. Two front parlors with custom European chandeliers. Formal dining room featuring a punka fan from Natchez- one of the only two in the State of Missouri. The property features a brick barn and 2 car garage. New, geo-thermal systems make this showplace economical to heat and cool. The property features a lake, cropland, springs and a creek. Located 1.5 hours north of St. Louis. The sale includes most of the fine contents of this mansion- antique furniture, china, glassware, collectibles and more.

Below is the brick barn that is included in the sale.

Well that is it for my Historic homes tour. I hope you enjoyed what you saw and thank you so much for visiting!


  1. Hi Gina,
    It looks like a very inspirational tour. :-) I love the turreted porches and the stained glass. It looks like you had nice weather too. Thank you for taking us on the tour. I really enjoyed the pictures.

  2. Gina -
    These are beautiful houses! You gave all of us a wonderful glimpse into a bit of your state's history we don't get to see. Thanks for posting AND giving us the info that you did

  3. Now I need to put Meet Me in St. Louis on the TV. Great post.

  4. Beautiful homes! But I know what you mean about touring historic homes and not finding period furnishings inside. It's disappointing and definitely a letdown.

  5. Beautiful details on these houses! Thank you for shearing.

  6. Oh, Gina. What beautiful properties. Doesn't it make you furious when you see a gorgeous place and it's not furnished like it needs to be? I took the tour and that place is a beauty, and if you think $1,200,000 is a lot of money, you should see what it would go for in California! Truthfully, I wouldn't want a house like that anymore. Too big and too much to clean, but what a beauty..Thanks for showing ..Happy Thursday..Judy

  7. I really enjoyed seeing all of these beautiful homes and churches. That conical roof with the unusual shape is really pretty and unique, and the stained glass windows are so pretty! Featuring on my Link Party Features Pinterest Board - thanks for joining H&H! Dawn @ We Call It

  8. Absolutely charming! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  9. Hey Gina... I always love your tours...I'm sos very partial to the history and decorating of the vintage homes...How lucky you are to be so close to so many beauties...Thanks for sharing ...Hugs

  10. What an amazing tour! I love seeing vintage homes such as these. I love the Stark home. The civil war era plantation home - nice double porches, breezy and I guess people used to sleep on them in those days.

    I did visit your site a few days ago but sometime in the late evening when I get on some blogs, I have a hard time or it is slow publishing a comment. Maybe lots of traffic, glad to finally be able to .

    I want to say also that the picture of the two chairs in front of lacey curtains is such a pretty shot , peaceful place to be. Could be a post card.

  11. Oh Gina... Swoon... I love all the homes you shared with us. It is almost disappointing when we enter a home like these and the decor is modern or something that does not suit the home. We have been on many tours and I almost wish I had not gone in some of them as I had romanticized how it would look... Take care.

  12. Oh, wow! These are gorgeous! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  13. Incredible homes! I love historic and old homes; so much character! I could live in ANY of the houses you posted... even the church, haha. I love how older brick homes would be brick all the way around. Nowadays, it's just a brick facade on the front with new builds.