With 15 well-appointed rooms and comfortable grounds to explore, the 1860 Hunter-Dawson residence is a surprising find in tiny New Madrid, Missouri. From the formal parlor’s unusual rectangular grand piano (made in Philadelphia and shipped up river from New Orleans) to the date “April 11, 1873” etched into an original window glass panel with a diamond ring, the Hunter-Dawson site provides a glimpse into a past that was graceful and intriguing.
Knowledgeable costumed interpreters guide visitors through the mix of period and original furnishings, and if you’re lucky, director Michael Comer will be on hand to demonstrate the flirtatious “fan language” popular with belles of the antebellum era.
The Hunter-Dawson site is open year-round. Adult admission is $4, kids ages 6 to 12, $2.50.