Posted by: missouriugr | July 3, 2008

Illumination features the Hickman House

Check this out! Illumination magazine has an article called “Still Standing” in their new issue on the Hickman House, built in 1819. This will be part of our July 8th Discovery Tour to the MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Center and the MU Dairy Farm.

From the article:

And so it will remain, thanks to the tireless efforts of a dedicated cadre of caretakers, preservationists, and restoration-construction experts who are bringing the house back to its early 19th-century luster.

The $1.3-million Hickman house preservation effort is scheduled to be completed this fall, says project leader Gene Garrett, a professor of forestry and the superintendent of MU’s Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center. The restored building, along with a reconstructed summer kitchen, will house period furnishings as well as displays of local archeological, geological and items of historical interest. Gardens and botanical collections will focus on the natural heritage of the Boonslick region, while other exhibits will introduce visitors to the latest in agroforestry research. Future projects will likely include restoring the recently discovered family burial ground, as well as locating and reconstructing the property’s slave quarters.

ASTRIDE HISTORY: Ray Glendening, farm manager at the MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin, stands atop tree trunk floor joists exposed during the Hickman house restoration.

“It isn’t cheap, it hasn’t been easy, but I think it’s been well worth it,” says Garrett, who spent almost a decade raising funds for the project. “When it’s all done we will have saved a part of history that my kids and your kids and their kids can come out here and appreciate.”


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