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Hwy 'E', Boonville, MO
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Ranked #5 of 8 Attractions in Boonville
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Historic home, built in 1882,and farm still owned and preserved by the Leonard family.
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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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165 reviews 165 reviews
44 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We stopped by on a Sunday morning and found the front gate open. We decided not to bother anyone since it was Sunday morning. What we did see was once a beautiful home. What a shame. We could see the curtains that are deteriorating in the windows. Not only the house but the out buildings are in dire need of... More

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Kansas City, Kansas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

You have to drive 10-15 minutes south on Route 5 from I-70 to find this house. Don't despair. Look for the house on the left soon after entering Bel Aire. You'll see an old peeling sign on your left with the driveway soon after. I would love to give this review five stars but it pains me to see such... More

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Bates City, Missouri
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109 reviews 109 reviews
28 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Ravenswood is an interesting preserved 1880 home south of Boonville, Missouri on Highway 5. It has been in the same family for five generations. The home holds a 100-year old collection of furniture, clothing, china, glassware and photographs. My favorite room was the library. Its walls are lined with very old books of all types. We enjoyed touring the home... More

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Columbia, Missouri, USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

This was a magnificent 19th century showpiece. Alas, the 20th century heirs have neglected it, and it can make historic preservationists cringe at the amount of capital it would take to make it presentable. Just waiting for the right Angel to come along, and persuade the absentee trustees that it's worth the effort. We're talking millions. The resident hosts are... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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53 reviews 53 reviews
5 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

You'll rarely find a place like this, and it can't last forever. If you truly love authentic old houses filled with the original furnishings and the little things of daily life, this is it. It hasn't been renovated or redone, or sanitized to museum standards - it's just a very old place, still owned by its same family, falling gently... More

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Houston, Texas, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

During my undergraduate days at Mizzou in the 1950s I often drove past Ravenswood from my original home in Sedalia. It was not until I was in graduate school in the 1960s that I met Jamie Leonard who was also studying history. Through Jamie I came to know his parents and spent many happy times at Ravenswood and often joined... More

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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

House has lots of interesting history and stuff on display, but needs a good cleaning.

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Columbia, Missouri
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 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.

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Rock Port, Missouri
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 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... More

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St Louis,Mo.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 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... More

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