Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site

312 Dawson Rd., New Madrid, MO 63869 - United States




Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site preserves a now-vanished part of Missouri: the stately Bootheel mansion. 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 to 1880s, the ornate mansion provides a history lesson in every corner. In fact, most of the original furnishing purchased by Amanda Hunter, the house's first owner (with her husband William), are still in the house.


The Hunter-Dawson House reflects the grand lifestyle enjoyed by the successful "Bootheel" businessman prior to the Civil War. Adding to the significance of the site is the collection of furnishings that came with it. It is estimated that the state received approximately 80% of Amanda Hunter's original furnishings. Several items of the Dawson's furniture and a large part of the family's library are also preserved in the home. The documentation that survived and remained with the family adds to the importance of the collection. It is believed that the site possesses one of the largest collections of Mitchell and Rammelsburg furniture in the nation. Today, visitors can tour the Hunter-Dawson home, which has been restored to reflect the period of 1860 to 1880. It features 15 rooms and nine fireplaces and sits on a shady site. The last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.

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