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About our cover
eatured on this month’s cover is the Thomas Hickman House located at the University of Missouri’s Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) in the central Missouri town of New Franklin. Originally built in 1819, the house has been restored to its former glory and is open for tours. The one and a half story Georgian-style cottage features a brick construction with an 8-foot wide, walnut-floored central hallway leading to a dining room and two of the three bedrooms. The interior has been furnished in period style as well as displays and artifacts highlighting the agricultural history of the area. Hickman moved his family from Kentucky to scenic the Missouri River hills where he opened a hardware and dry goods store. The spacious cottage was not only the beginnings of progress for the wilderness town, but also an upgrade from the cramped cabin the family once inhabited.
The house became a prominent fixture for travelers heading west along the nearby Santa Fe Trail that started in nearby Franklin and headed southwest to New Mexico. Plans for restoring the home began in 1996 but were fast-tracked in 2005 when Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond announced federal funds allocated to the project. Thanks to other donations, the $1.3 million preservation effort was completed in 2009. The center is open weekdays only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours can be arranged by calling 660-848-2268. To reach HARC, take Highway 40 west from the Midway exit off of Interstate 70, just west of Columbia. Then head north on Highway 5 to New Franklin. Continue on Highway 5 west past the town square. Turn left at New Franklin High School on W. Broadway. The center will be on your right. For more information, visit www.aes.missouri.edu/harc/.
Cover and photo at left by Kyle Spradley.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - November 2010