This week’s spotlight on stamp sites features Hunter-Dawson State Historic House, which has just reopened to visitors. It is one of the 88 parks and historic sites managed by the Dept. of Natural Resources. https://mostateparks.com/
Filled with original pieces purchased by the house’s first owner and furnished in the style it was in during its heydays of the 1860s-1880s, this pre-Civil War mansion provides a history lesson in every corner. According to local legend, Gen. Pope used the Hunter-Dawson House as his headquarters after capturing New Madrid and during the campaign to capture the heavily defended Confederate position on Island Number 10 in the Mississippi River.
Vicki Jackson, natural resources manager, said she is looking forward to welcoming visitors back and resuming guided tours. According to their Facebook page, their hours are Mon-Sat, 10-4; Sun 12-4.https://www.facebook.com/HunterDawsonStateHistoricSite
The Hunter Dawson House is also the stamp site for the Battle of Belmont where Gen. Grant led troops into battle for the first time.
While in the area, be sure to visit New Madrid’s outstanding Historical Museum on Main Street. It is the stamp site for the Battles of New Madrid and Island No. 10. Besides the Civil War, the museum also features the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes that were the biggest earthquakes in American history and were felt as far away as New York and Boston, where they rang church bells.