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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Local lore learned on tour of historic homes

  • The constant stream of people touring five historic Hannibal homes Saturday not only viewed antique and modern Christmas decorations, they learned some local history.


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  • The constant stream of people touring five historic Hannibal homes Saturday not only viewed antique and modern Christmas decorations, they learned some local history.
    At the DuBach Inn, 221 N. Fifth St., owners Christine and Steve Russell were explaining that the decorated fireplaces throughout the house were originally coaling-burning fireplaces, rather than wood.
    This was the usual type of heat when the home was built in 1871, they said. Now only one fireplace is used, located in what was originally a parlor, and it has been converted to gas heat.
    Phyllis Nelson was impressed with all the Christmas decorations at the homes on the tour. As she explored the types of holiday decor at the DuBach Inn, Nelson said she tours local homes “every chance I get.”
    She had just come from the home at 926 Center St. “Carrie Smashey has hundreds of Santas and snowmen,” Nelson said about the owner. “And she has a tree in every room,” Nelson said.
    As she was leaving this house on Center Street, Linda Muehring said she especially liked the bedrooms.
    Also on the Holiday Home Tour tour were three historic homes located very near each other. They were at 124 N. Maple, 8 Stillwell Place and 1001 Hill Street. The tour was sponsored by the Friends of Historic Hannibal, and proceeds from the ticket sales went to the Hannibal Arts Council’s building fund for restoration of its location at 105 S. Main.       
     
     
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