Home tours will give full picture of Charleston architecture at Dogwood-Azalea event

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

CHARLESTON, Mo. — This week’s arrival of the 51st Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival in Charleston also means it’s time for Mississippi County Historical Society’s annual home tours.

And organizers say this year’s home tours will offer the full picture of the architecture Charleston has to offer.

The Historical Society’s Moore Home, located at 403 N. Main St., will be open for tours every day of the festival — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5. The work of local and award-winning photojournalist Bill Nace will be on display at the Moore home.

Built in 1899, the Historical Society’s Moore Home is a three-story home furnished with pieces authentic to the period. In 1977 the heirs of Joe and Carrie Moore gifted the Victorian country home to the benefit of the Society. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 17-room house contains seven fireplaces and is fully furnished including the original dining room furniture and gas chandelier.

In addition, two private residences — the Lindsay home and the Corlew home — will be open for tours from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission for these two homes and the Moore home is $15.

Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of commerce or at the Moore home. Tickets are not available at the private residences; visitors must enter with a prepaid ticket, tour organizers said. 

One of the Charleston area’s oldest homes, the Lindsay home was originally built as a one-level house in 1870 by J.W. Lindsay, a local tradesman and Civil War veteran who owned a number of businesses in early Charleston. This home, which has had more than 10 owners throughout the years, was renovated in the past year by longtime residents of the area. While modernizing the home with current amenities, such as new wiring, electrical and an elevator, the current owners also maintained a blend of original elements. Tour organizers said visitors should take note of the original curved staircase and banister, the upstairs sitting alcove and a cast-iron tub dated back to 1906.

Located across from the Charleston Country Club, the Corlew home represents the next generation of homes in Charleston, according to tour organizers. Built in 2009, the home features traditional architecture. The expansive kitchen cabinets with granite countertops and an over-sized island are among elements of interest, tour organizers said. To the rear of the kitchen is the recently finished sunroom, complete with herringbone tile floors. The master suite is located on the main level and has a walk-in closet, soaker tub and dual shower heads. The first level includes the living room, formal dining framed by French doors, an additional bedroom and modern farmhouse-themed laundry room.

The Historical Society is also conducting a quilt raffle this weekend. This year’s quilt is made of T-shirts from past Dogwood-Azalea Festivals. Raffle tickets are available at the Moore home.

Also, the Molly French Garden Club, which is credited for started the Dogwood-Azalea Festival, will host its annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Mississippi County Library in Charleston.

“The sale will feature an assortment of quality plants with great prices from Mueller’s Greenhouses in Bertrand,” said Lisa Brewer, who is co-chairing the plant sale with Mary Jane Whitehead.

This year the Molly French Garden Club celebrates its 68th year as a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri and the National Garden Club Association. The club is a nonprofit organization with a history of promoting the beautification of Charleston since 1951.

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