To learn more about the town of Kimmswick, you need to visit the Burgess-How House and Museum on 3rd and Elm Street.
It is FREE to the public on Sundays only April through October from 1-4. Tours are given by the Kimmswick Historical Society.
Fondest memory: The Burgess-How House was built in 1840, in Mapaville, Missouri. The Edward S. How family lived in this home from 1895 until 1972 when the farm was sold. They offered to log cabin to the town of Kimmswick. The cabin was taken down, and the logs were numbered; it was then moved to Kimmswick to Elm and 3rd Street and rebuilt on a new foundation.
The stones of the fireplace were taken down and numbered and then reassembled. Interestingly, the chinking (packing material) that was between the logs of the cabin was replaced just as it was found. "The cuts of wood angled in the openings between the logs were surrounded by mortar." (As seen in the photograph.)
One of the problems of using black and white film is that you miss out when there is an unusual place that relies on color for impact. The Christmas Haus is one such place; the house is RED.
It was one of the first homes we saw as we drove into historic Kimmswick. I wondered about it because it looked so new. This home is located at Fourth and Elm. One travel book said, "Christmas Haus...alone is worth diverting from the interstate to see. It is a year-round wonderland guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit even during July sunshine."
The shopkeeper is named AnnThuston. Her daughters, Peggy Bienefeld and Lynn Murphy help her keep this lovely shop stocked with European Christmas miniatures.
Fondest memory: There's always something about a store that specializes in Christmas to intrigue me (probably because Christmas is my favorite holiday.) This store is what I call "high end" shopping because it carries exclusive items that are quality rather than "run-of-the-mill" merchandice.
I strongly suggest that you NOT miss this enchanting one-of-a-kind shop, The Christmas Haus.
Ruess-Terry House on Market street was built in 1866, and it is one of the oldest homes still standing in town. The lot was sold to Jacob Burchart by the founder, Mr. Kimm, for $180.00. After construction, Peter Bruhn owned the house. He was a businessman and the first Chariman of the Board of Trustees of Kimmswick. The home sold many time before Phillip Ruess bought it in 1953, and he lived there until 1970. The home, as you can see in the photo, is two stories and brick with a wood addition at the back from a later period.
Fondest memory: The bricks of this home were handmade and were very soft. They were produced in Kimmswick. There was a "miscalculation" by the builders which can be seen in the upstairs bedroom. The rod that runs through the house and is bolted on the outside to brace the walls; it is above the floor instead of being concealed between the flooring and the ceiling below!
This petite brick home is called The Arnold House on its plaque, but as a business here in Kimmswick, it is now called Traditions & Treasures because it carries all kinds of collectibles that people "treasure".
It is located at 309 Elm Street
They specialize in the following:
Porcelain Hinge Boxes
Department 56 Village Collections
We found it odd that in April, the shop still had Christmas wreaths on the windows!