Rural Missouri - November 2011 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 10 4 Departments Comments National and statewide news Columns Hart to heart In search of Missouri mills Fall is the best time to discover these historical treasures 5 12 Co-ops take action Nixon, Kehoe highlight need for more job growth during AMEC annual meeting 10 14 Outdoors Wizard of whitetails 18 Out of the Way Eats Gobblers Roost 24 Hearth and Home Cravin’ cranberries 26 News Briefs News you can use 16 Best of rural Missouri Readers choose their favorite places to travel, shop and eat across the state 20 Second chance ranch Farm animals at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch get a new lease on life 20 30 Marketplace Classified ads 32 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 36 Neighbors Paw it forward 38 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy 22 Grant takes command Grant and Thompson fight for control of the Mississippi 29 The hillbilly approach to the Woodstock nation The Ozark Mountain Daredevils have transported listeners to the rural Ozarks 36 About our cover few miles east of Ash Grove, on Highway 160, sits what’s known to locals as “the old round barn.” Actually, the barn is octagonal or eight-sided, but who’s counting? In a time when old barns are becoming icons of the past, it’s nice to see this rural beauty still standing. The picturesque white, stone outbuilding was completed by the James Gilmore family in 1899. It’s gone through several owners, but is now owned by Mike McGilvry. Built entirely of limestone quarried from the farm, the 30-foot wide, 32-foot-high barn is truly a one-of-a-kind structure, boasting 8,000 square feet on both levels. Most of the beams inside the barn are pegged, and an eight-sided cupola tops the shingled roof. When the barn was built, the Gilmore family planned to feed cattle in the lower section of the barn. A corn crib, Cover and photo at left by Heather Berry. A which rose up through the center of both levels of the barn, made cattle feeding in the barn a good plan. Wagons could unload the corn into the crib through the ground-level side. During his ownership, Mike McGilvry has used the barn primarily for hay storage. Then, after his granddaughter, Stephanie Dean, held her 2006 wedding reception in the barn, an idea was born. Why not renovate the barn and rent it out for other events? Since the barn is on the National Register of Historic Places for Greene County, the plan required some paperwork. But in 2009, the family began what’s sure to bring new life to this lovely old barn. By spring of 2012, the barn will be available to rent for weddings, receptions, reunions, proms and other social events. For more information, visit or call 417-207-3896. On Facebook, search for “The Round Barn on Clear Creek.” To order a print of the cover, see page 31. NOVEMBER 2011 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - November 2011

Rural Missouri - November 2011
Table of Contents
In search of Missouri mills
Co-ops take action
Best of rural Missouri
Out of the Way Eats
Second chance ranch
Grant takes command
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
The hillbilly approach to the Woodstock nation
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - November 2011