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“Perfect for people who love old houses/things!”
Review of Ravenswood

Ranked #12 of 15 things to do in Boonville
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Owner description: Historic home, built in 1882,and farm still owned and preserved by the Leonard family.
Columbia, Missouri
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfect for people who love old houses/things!”
Reviewed 6 January 2012

We could've spent hours going through all the stuff in the house. It was kind of like someone left there 100 years ago & never came back... but so neat.

2 Thank dyldal
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Rock Port, Missouri
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71 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Wonderful old home but needs a lot of work!”
Reviewed 12 September 2011

This home is in need of some serious renovation! The family is doing their best but they are in over their heads with this one! The period clothes are in tatters because they aren't kept in a climate controlled environment. The gentleman that guided out tour was very nice and knowledgeable. This would be an excellent museum if it was completely restored and ran by people who could help preserve it the way it should be.

Visited August 2011
3 Thank TBJ3
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O'Fallon, Missouri
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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2011

Although Ravenswood is a bit of local history,anyone that is expecting a tour of a restored,well maintained house and grounds will be disappointed.The house looks nothing like it's displayed on it's web site.I understand that it's a work in progress,but it really needs a good cleaning,in spite of the fact that while we were there some kids were going around dusting some of the furniture.You only get to see part of the house because the other part is private residense and there were lots of things just laying around that shouldn't have been there for historical accuracy,like power tools and tv sets and just piles of what looked to be junk.There was a $7 fee per person to take the tour and it lasted about 45 minutes,also it was hotter than blazes the day we were there and there's no air conditioning or even any fans running.I really wish them well getting that place restored because from the looks of it,that's going to be a huge job.

Visited July 2011
3 Thank bbh9072016
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Potential not fulfilled”
Reviewed 22 June 2011

The house does have an interesting history, and it has many interesting artifacts, but the house itself is fairly rundown, and the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. Even with the condition of the house as is, it would make a worthwhile trip if it were just cleaned up, dusted and organized, and if they would add some signs here and there discussing some of the interesting history of the house. As it is though, I can't recommend the trip and the $7 fee.

Visited June 2011
1 Thank jeffandmonica
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orange county Ca
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Unique and frozen in time!”
Reviewed 8 February 2009

This is one of my favorite places on earth!(I have visited many historic places) Every time I go to Missouri to visit my family I try and visit Ravenswood. It is frozen in time. The house is in the middle of the countryside. The house is three stories with big columns in the front and a widows walk, inside it has a suspended staircase,and about 10 rooms, you get to tour most of the house the third story is an attic, there is also a basement with a vaulted door in it but they don't usually show this, and some of the house has been turned into living quarters. The house also has a summer kitchen, servants quarters also turned into living quarters, and barn where there is a couple of old carriages. If you want to romance the idea of being back in time Ravenswood is a perfect place to visit. Call ahead before going and make sure you can get a tour, the last time I went it took a long time to find someone.

4 Thank southerncaligirl
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